» Common Lies Told By Crisis Pregnancy Centers

expose-cpcs:

Crisis pregnancy centers are sometimes called fake abortion clinics because of their tendency to locate themselves near real clinics and use deceptive names and advertising. Their real goal is to prevent clients from having an abortion, even if this means lying. These myths are perpetuated on CPC websites, advertisements, materials in the center, and in person.

1) Lie: Abortion causes breast cancer

Truth: Every reputable cancer institute and OB/GYN organization has said this is false and based on poor research. [source] [source]

2) Lie: Abortion causes infertility

Truth: While complications with abortion, just as with any other reproductive procedure, can have an effect on future fertility, abortion does not have a unique negative effect on fertility. [source] [source]

3) Lie: Abortion causes mental health problems

Truth: Sometimes referred to by anti-abortion activists as “Post-Abortion Syndrome” or “Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome,” these effects aren’t supported by the American Psychological Association or the American Psychiatric Association. [source] [source] [source]

4) Lie: Abortion is dangerous

Truth: Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures, with a risk of less than 0.05% of major complications that may need hospital care. The risk of death associated with abortion is 1/1,000,000 before 8 weeks and 1/29,000 at 16-20 weeks. [source]

5) Lie: Birth control and condoms don’t work

Truth: The effectiveness of birth control depends on how well it’s used. Condoms have a 98% effectiveness rate when used perfectly, but that goes down to 82% with “typical” use. Long-term methods, such as the IUD and implant, are over 99% effective.

Birth control works best when multiple methods are used together, such as consistently taking the birth control pill and using condoms, or having an IUD and using the pull-out method. [source] [source] [source]

6) Lie: Emergency contraception is abortion

Truth: Emergency contraception, also known as the “morning after pill” or by one brand’s name, Plan B, works primarily to stop the ovary from releasing an egg that can be fertilized by incoming sperm. This prevents a pregnancy from occurring in the first place, and EC will not work if a fertilized egg has already implanted in the uterus. There is no evidence to suggest that EC prevents a fertilized egg from implanting. [source] [source] [source] [source]

7) Lie: The abortion pill doesn’t work on ectopic pregnancies

Truth: This is a half-truth. The medication typically used in medication abortions, mifepristone, has no effect on an ectopic pregnancy. However, methotrexate is also sometimes used in medication abortions, either in pill or injection form, and it can treat an ectopic pregnancy. [source]

8) Lie: Embryos and fetuses can feel pain during an abortion

Truth: The current research finds that fetuses likely cannot perceive pain or distinguish it from touch until the third trimester of pregnancy. Nearly 99% of abortions happen before this point. [source] [source] [source]

stfuprolifers:

ppaction:

If you don’t understand birth control, you don’t really have any business trying to take away access to it.

think-progress:

Permanently.

stfuprolifers:

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ppaction:

The Missouri legislature is pushing through yet another extreme, dangerous, completely non-medical bill to cut off women’s access to safe and legal abortion—and shame and hurt women who seek it out. Let’s be clear: This is about politics, not about women’s health.

HB 1613 is an extreme bill that forces women to endure a mandatory ultrasound and receive inaccurate medical information, as well as triples the state’s mandatory waiting period, senselessly forcing abortions later in pregnancy and putting women’s health at risk. It’s political intusion at its worst—and in the courts, bills like this one are a losing game.

thebicker:

choosechoice:

life-with-exceptions:

choosechoice:

This breaks my heart and makes me angrier than I knew I could get…

If you honestly believe that she should be forced to carry to term, please explain why. Message me, I’m serious. Explain to me how in the world you can justify a 5th grader being forced to carry a pregnancy (let alone a twin pregnancy!) to term and give birth, when she’s already gone through the horrific trauma of rape

Fuck humanity. 

Im curious, what does the little girl want?.
Does she want her babies or is she being coerced into thinking she wants an abortion?.

She’s 10. She can’t safely carry twins to term without major damage to her body and psyche. 

Important sentences from the full article:

"In a previous case, a nine-year-old was forced to have a baby after being raped."

Senegal, in west Africa, has one of the toughest abortion laws on the continent. Woman found guilty of having abortion face 10 years in jail, reports The Guardian.”

"Hundreds of Senegalese women die each year from botched terminations."

None of the articles on this subject mention what happened to the rapist. According to the only source I could find on rape laws on Senegal, a rape conviction “can result in 5-10 years in prison.” So most rapists serve less time than the victim who had an abortion.

"coerced into thinking she wants an abortion"

Fuck you. Fuck you so much. Fuck you straight to hell and back with a splintering broom stick. I fucking despise you. I fucking despise you so much I would set you on fire if I knew who you were. You are disgusting in so many fucking ways.

Misogynists don’t care. Misogynists really don’t fucking care at all, do they? No, all that matters is women must have babies. Even if they are fucking TEN YEARS OLD AND RAPED.

supermortalwhopotterlock:

filthy-liberal:

Just be aware that Paul Ryan is trying to pass a bill that allows rapists to sue their rape victims if they get an abortion in a state that allows it. If this isn’t the most awful thing I’ll hear for the rest of the week, I don’t know what is.

i can actually feel my blood pressure rising

jochiang:

Friends, let me tell you about Rebecca Gomperts.

Rebecca Gomperts is a sea captain, a certified physician, and the founder of Women on Waves, a Dutch pro-choice non-profit organization that brings reproductive health services to women in countries with restrictive abortion laws.

This is how it works:

  • Rebecca Gomperts and her team installed a specially constructed mobile clinic aboard a commissioned ship.
  • They sail to countries with restrictive abortion laws, answering phone calls and e-mails from women who need another way out.
  • Upon landing, they take the women who come to them aboard the ship, and then they take the ship out into international waters.
  • There the laws of the flag ship are in effect.
  • They then perform non-surgical medical abortions, while walking the women through the process.
  • They sail back to shore, and once they depart, they continue to follow up with their patients to ensure they remain healthy and safe.

In response, Rebecca Gomperts and her team have been:

  • hit by eggs thrown by physically violent pro-life activists
  • met with resistance by government officials of the countries they visit
  • been forced to disguise themselves and their patients to save the women who come to them any public shaming (which the media helps to perpetuate)
  • and once, harassed by two war ships sent out by the Portuguese military

And yet they continue to answer the calls and e-mails of women who want their help, providing reproductive counseling and teaching them how to circumvent the dangerous laws of their country when necessary.

Director Diana Whitten is telling their story in her documentary, VESSEL. It’s a beautiful doc, a necessary doc, and the film is premiering this week at SXSW. Please show your support for these women on social media. It’s so incredibly important.

Here's VESSEL's facebook page. Here's their twitter. Here's their instagram. Use #VesselLanding to tweet at them.

Women on Waves can be found on their official site, their facebook page, and their twitter.

If you’re in need of reproductive counseling or an abortion service, you can find Women on Wave’s international support and informational collective on Women on Web.

These people are heroes. Rebecca Gomperts is a hero. What they do has and will save countless lives. It’s so incredibly important that their story is told and the struggles of women living in countries governed by restrictive abortion laws (including the United States) are brought to light.

fuckyeahsexeducation:

TW: Rape and incest, forced pregnancy

This Tuesday, the Colorado House Judiciary Committee will hear a bill that will ban all abortion and emergency contraception in Colorado, and make it a felony for a physician to perform an abortion.

Representative Humphrey’s bill (House Bill 1133) will deny survivors of rape or incest access to emergency contraception, and force them to give birth to their attacker’s child should they become pregnant as a result of these violent acts.

Forcing people to bear children that result from rape and incest goes too far, but Representative Humphrey doesn’t think it goes far enough.  He wants to make sure any physician in Colorado who performs an abortion can be sentenced to 12 years in prison and a $750,000 fine.

We’ve seen attacks on reproductive health become law in states across the country over the past year, but don’t want them here in Colorado.  This bill is an attempt to insert politicians into Coloradans personal, private health care decisions.

TELL THE STATE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TO VOTE NO ON HOUSE BILL 1133