When people seek reproductive health care including abortion, they deserve convenient, compassionate access and accurate, non-judgmental information.
#BadFaithMedicine is biased, ideologically motivated “counseling” and “health care” by anti-abortion agents that frequently peddle in lies, misrepresentation, shame, and can even lead to people being denied the care they need.
#BadFaithMedicine: Anti-Abortion Fake Clinics
Anti-abortion fake clinics sometimes call themselves crisis pregnancy centers and other times advertise themselves as if they were abortion providers. They do this to lure in patients, only to deceive them with disproven myths about abortion, contraception, and other reproductive health care, which in reality is safe, effective, and normal. They do this while claiming to care about women, which is cynical at best when their work aims to undermine the ability of women and people who become pregnant to make informed decisions about their bodies and futures.
That’s why Reproaction has been in this fight since our start on the ground, organizing to expose fake clinics across the country through a variety of creative methods. We’ve led bold direct actions to expose fake clinics in communities, tracked down questionable finances and unethical practices, and equipped activists to take on the fake clinics in their communities with informational blogs and webinars, a database of every fake clinic in the country, a fact book on how fake clinics work, and a direct action toolkit.
Reproaction has also joined partners in taking on fake clinics in court, signing on to the brief amicus curiae by the Center for Reproductive Rights and National Women’s Law Center in the Supreme Court case NIFLA v. Becerra (2018). In a 5-4 ruling, the court sided with fake clinics over the state of California and its Reproductive FACT Act, which was meant to regulate fake clinics by requiring them to provide simple disclosure statements informing prospective clients that they did not provide abortion.
#BadFaithMedicine: “Abortion Pill Reversal”
“Abortion pill reversal” is an unethical, unproven, and dangerous experiment on pregnant people that supposedly reverses the effects after one abortion pill has been taken, though established science does not support this claim. This experiment was invented by ‘pro-life’ advocates who think abortion is so universally shameful, everyone will regret it — especially women, who are infantilized as too indecisive to make our own health care choices.
State legislators across the country are rapidly introducing and passing bills to require doctors and abortion providers to falsely counsel patients that abortion pill reversal is a safe, viable health option. And with or without these bad faith laws, the mega fake clinic group Heartbeat International operates a hotline to deceive and steer patients toward anti-abortion fake clinics that offer “abortion pill reversal” services in all 50 states.
Take Action Here:
- Fact Sheet: Abortion Pill Reversal
- Fact Sheet: Anti-Abortion Fake Clinics
- Fake Clinic Database
- Fake Clinic Grassroots Organizing and Direct Action Toolkit
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A Changing of the Guard Doesn’t Mean Texas’ Fake Clinics Will Start Providing Quality, Non-Biased Care
Human Coalition’s work promises its funders that it will reach women “most likely” to obtain abortions, and uses the model of their seven fake clinics operating nationally, of which two are mobile units, which are coach busses that fake clinic chains convert into roving ultrasound rooms. They’ll park outside of real clinics or on college campuses in their tricked-out RVs, all to trick people out of seeking the care they need.
Direct action is a meaningful way to build community, spread information, and challenge abortion opponents. If you want to stand up for abortion access and shine a light on ‘pro-life’ hypocrisy, you should protest outside of your local fake clinic.
I recently received an email from a public relations firm representing an anti-abortion fake clinic asking to be removed from our Fake Clinic Database. My answer? No.
You still shouldn’t have to sit through the accusations, guilt trips, and lies peddled by CPCs just to get help.
It’s so obvious the anti-abortion movement feels threatened by the work of Black people and the movement work we create.
The false and misleading science is a huge problem. Just as insidious, though, is the emotional injustice and manipulation that women experience because of campaigns similar to this one.
When women say “yes” to abortion pill reversal, what exactly are they saying yes to? And why don’t the abortion opponents who operate fake clinics tell the women that they are essentially serving as test subjects?
The M.O. of anti-abortion fake clinics is to mislead and shame people considering abortion, often employing grotesque scare tactics and outright lies about the supposed risks of the procedure itself and purported after-effects of abortion on the body.
If Rev. Nelson and Human Coalition really wanted to support Black people, their efforts would be supporting the Black people in the streets.
Here's what you need to know: Anti-abortion fake clinics are dangerous.
We've got these fake clinics cornered, and they're getting defensive and sloppy.
It is hard to believe that Pennsylvania public schools not only allow but are paying groups like Human Coalition to come in and push their skewed views of sexuality. But what does this “education” actually entail?
There are a lot of numbers in our charts and graphs, but one thing is clear: the anti-abortion movement is loaded.
‘Pro-life feminism’ is just the same old oppressive misogyny packaged in pop culture jargon and a ‘boss babe’ façade.
Children Separated from Their Families Should Go Back to Their Families, Not a Fake Clinic Network's Foster System
However, it's hard to believe that an organization with Bethany’s history and financial interest in expanding fostering and adoption is solely concerned with the welfare of children separated from their families by the Trump administration.
Double the Accountability: Reproaction Leads Simultaneous Actions to Expose Anti-Abortion Fake Clinics in St. Louis
Reproaction continues to lead the fight to hold deceptive, anti-abortion fake clinics accountable for the harm they are causing to our communities and their misuse of public funds.
In all 50 states, grassroots activists and progressive organizations held rallies, potlucks, marches, and teach-ins to flex our muscles and celebrate our might as we prepared for the tough challenge ahead: the fight to #StopKavanaugh.
Anti-abortion fake clinics will keep up their slimy tactics and trickery because they don’t care about pregnant people, nor about the fetuses they claim to adore.
A fake clinic's presentation of a women’s options is biased at best, insidious at worst, and certainly a waste of taxpayer resources.
Human Coalition doesn’t care much about reaching people who are actually looking for help, they want to pull in women who specifically don’t want what they’re providing.
Reproaction Calls for Self-Described Feminist Jenna Bush Hager to Cancel Her Keynote for Anti-Abortion Fake Clinic
"Hager can't be a feminist in any meaningful sense of the term if she's raising money for a group that does not respect a woman's dignity and right to choose abortion," said Matson.
On April 12, we finally got the chance to expose fake clinics in Kansas City, MO.
Activists showed up with a clear message that regardless of what the courts say, it’s time to hold fake clinics accountable for the harm they do in our community.
There’s truly nothing sweeter than exposing anti-abortion fake clinics! Reproaction is proud to demand accountability and expose these fakes in our communities.
150 to 200 people marched through the streets of Atlanta to Hurt Park, which is across the street from the #CuraFakeClinic. We then spoke truth to power. Our message is that we want anti-abortion clinics to own who they really are, and stop misleading and shaming people who are seeking abortions.
They’d probably describe you as pre-pregnant, as we know the goal of many “pro-lifers” is to make sure all sex has the consequence of conception and all women become mothers.
Reproaction is increasing awareness of anti-abortion fake clinics in Arkansas because until now, the more than 40 fake clinics in the state have worked mostly under the radar.
On Friday, January 19, Reproaction, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and the Virginia Latina Advocacy Network hosted a screening of the documentary “12th and Delaware.” The film follows an abortion clinic in Florida, and the crisis pregnancy center (CPC) across the street. In the film, staff at the CPC give an inside glimpse into the tactics these anti-abortion fake clinics commonly use to try to dissuade pregnant people from seeking abortions. The film also centers the abortion clinic, and the patients caught in the crosshairs of a charged political fight.
Reproaction is proud to educate the community about anti-abortion fake clinics, and we are excited to continue to take bold action to call them out for their deceptive tactics in D.C. and across the country.
The Supreme Court’s ruling in NIFLA V. Becerra could have implications that extend beyond California, so Reproaction showed where we stand by doing what we do best: TAKING IT TO THE STREETS!
There are more than 40 anti-abortion fake clinics in Arkansas that act as a wing of the pro-life movement. Arkansas has only three reproductive health clinics that provide abortion.
If the mission of these crisis pregnancy centers is to provide healthcare for pregnant women then why didn’t their signs try to defend the healthcare services they allegedly provide?
We’re happy to welcome big tech to dawning awareness of our everyday reality: abortion restrictions are harmful, and there’s no fairness in allowing their shaming and deception to continue on online platforms in violation of their content policies.
The pro-life movement has once again proven that pro-life feminism is a lie.
We didn’t expect them to appreciate the spotlight we shined on their shady tactics and some repugnant statements by their founder Brian FIsher, but we didn’t quite expect them to change the name of their fake clinics!
They've said it countless times, both in efforts to diminish the work of early feminists and to bolster an argument for “pro-life feminism,” which isn’t even a thing. But recent comments made by the President of Human Coalition – a chain of anti-abortion fake clinics – struck a nerve.
What fake clinics do is not support. It’s coercion, control, and brainwashing. It's not “very good,” but very dangerous.
Their talking points are framed in language that makes them seem progressive and even pro-woman, when in reality, everything perfectly aligns with their agenda to close ranks around restricting abortion access and reinforcing stigma.
Fake clinics, known as crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) operate under the guise of providing medical care and social services so they can dissuade women from seeking abortions.
Doctors are supposed to “do no harm” and inform patients of all their options, not provide them with coercive, false information.
The unethical experiment of abortion pill reversal started with one anti-abortion doctor’s decision to experiment on a woman with the progesterone treatment back in 2012, and the subsequent publication of his very-limited data gathered from a handful of women. This led to an unethical, inconclusive study of abortion pill reversal, upon which all of the talking points and dangerous legislative proposals of abortion reversal proponents are based.
Delgado and his supporters – anti-abortion advocates and politicians alike – are far less interested in real science than they are in shaming women for their decisions and spreading anti-abortion myths.
Who Else Has Had it With The ‘Abortion Pill Reversal’ Doctor’s Nonsense? University of California, San Diego
Delgado’s so called abortion pill reversal work is particularly offensive to pregnant people and abortion patients, as well as the clinicians who conduct real research to study and improve abortion care for patients.
Not only is abstinence-only education – sometimes referred to as “sexual risk avoidance” – ineffective because it doesn’t delay sexual initiation nor reduce sexual risk behaviors, it is also harmful.