Designed to Deceive

A Study of the Crisis Pregnancy Center Industry in Nine States

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The CPC Industry as a Surveillance Tool of the Post-Roe State

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Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs)

are anti-abortion organizations that seek to reach low-income people facing unintended pregnancies to prevent them from accessing abortion and contraception. CPCs advance this mission by using deceptive and coercive tactics and medical disinformation, and misleadingly presenting themselves as medical facilities. The modern CPC industry, a well-resourced arm of the global anti-abortion movement, is rapidly expanding while evading public accountability, despite increasing reliance on public funds.

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Introduction and CPC Study Overview

Understanding and addressing CPC practices and their effect on maternal and infant health is a matter of public health, racial equity, and gender justice.

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Major Findings

While CPCs increasingly present themselves as medical facilities, most services provided by CPCs in this Study serve no medical purpose.

Key Context & Additional Findings

(CPCs are) “unfortunately capitalizing on a gap that we have in our system in terms of responding to the actual real needs of pregnant folks and the actual real needs of families.”

State Policy Recommendations

We urgently need policies that promote equitable access to evidence-based reproductive health care and enable economic security.

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End Notes & References

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