Abortion misinformation from crisis pregnancy centers in North Carolina

Amy G. Bryant, Erika E. Levi

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Abstract

Background: This study assessed the accuracy of medical information provided by crisis pregnancy centers in North Carolina. Study Design: We performed a secondary data analysis of a secret shopper survey performed by a nonprofit organization. Reports from phone calls and visits to crisis pregnancy centers were analyzed for quality and content of medical information provided. Web sites of crisis pregnancy centers in the state were also reviewed. Results: Thirty-two crisis pregnancy centers were contacted. Nineteen of these were visited. Fourteen centers (44%) offered that they provide counseling on abortion and its risks. Inaccurate information provided included a link between abortion and breast cancer (16%), infertility (26%) and mental health problems (26%). Of the 36 Web sites identified, 31 (86%) provided false or misleading information, including 26 sites (72%) linking abortion to post-abortion stress. Conclusions: Many crisis pregnancy centers give inaccurate medical information regarding the risks of abortion. Overstating risks stigmatizes abortion, seeks to intimidate women and is unethical.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)752-756
Number of pages5
JournalContraception
Volume86
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Abortion
  • Crisis pregnancy centers
  • Mystery shopper study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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