#BadFaithMedicine

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.

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| Reproaction

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.

| Erin Matson | Reproaction

Anti-Abortion Fake Clinics Are Afraid

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.

| Reproaction

Fake Clinics Play the Long Game by Targeting Schoolchildren

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?

| Shireen Shakouri | Reproaction

How to Spot a Fake Clinic

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.

| Reproaction

Human Coalition: The Frankenstein Monster of CPCs

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.

| Erin Matson | Reproaction

Reproaction and SisterSong Turn Out 150+ to Get Fake Clinics Out of Atlanta

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.

| Reproaction

Real Alternatives or Real B.S.?

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

Reproaction Raises Awareness Around Anti-Abortion Fake Clinics in Virginia

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

Who is Surprised a Fake Clinic Operator Is Misrepresenting Feminism, Too?

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.

| Reproaction

States Are Forcing Doctors to Promote Unproven and Unethical “Abortion Pill Reversal”

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.


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