Target: Womankind, a Prenatal Care Center in Ohio
Goal: Stop a Cleveland-based antiabortion center fromlying to young women about emergency contraception
Womankind Inc., a business in Cleveland that refers to itself as a “maternal and prenatal care” center is just a front for a conservative antiabortion center. Questionable practices at the center were recently exposed by Katie Stack, a 24-year-old pro-choice activist for an Ohio abortion clinic. Stack is the founder of the Crisis Project, an organization that films and posts undercover videos taken at crisis pregnancy centers, often revealing counselors giving misleading and incorrect information to women who seek help.
When she went into Womankind, Stack asked about the morning after pill and was informed by a counselor that taking the pill causes bleeding, is the equivalent of having an abortion, and could cause hemorrhaging. Womankind does have a staff of licensed medical professionals who provide prenatal and maternal services. However, some of the medical advice these professionals provide is still incorrect and politically biased.
Emergency contraception prevents fertilization after unprotected sex and is not considered a medical abortion. It does not cause bleeding as the counselor at Womankind suggested.
The pro-life movement uses these crisis pregnancy centers as a way to disseminate incorrect information to women about emergency contraception and abortions. This false information can have dangerous consequences and lead to unwanted pregnancies that could have otherwise been prevented through safe methods.
Centers like Womankind defend their actions by claiming they’re only expressing their First Amendment rights to dissuade women from having abortions, but lying about medical information should not be protected by freedom of speech, as it can lead to dangerous, life-threatening results.
Sign the petition below to tell the counselors and medical professionals at Womankind Inc. to stop lying to women and to be more forthcoming about its political agenda.
Dear Womankind Inc.,
Misleading young women by lying to them about emergency contraception is unacceptable. It only serves to promote your anti-choice political agenda and does not help pregnant women get the resources and services they need. Lying to women about the side effects of the morning after pill has a negative impact on women’s health, dissuading them from using medicine that is safe and effective to prevent unwanted pregnancies.
It is particularly appalling that medical professionals are involved in this deceit, and these individuals should be held accountable for their lies. Women who come to emergency centers like these are usually in a state of fear and crisis and need support and factual medical advice.
Stop lying to women. Make your political motivations more clear so you are not tricking women into believing you are a full-service prenatal and maternal medical clinic.
[Your Name Here]
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