Target: Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius
Goal: Illegalize distortion of medical facts to women seeking abortions
“Crisis Pregnancy Centers” (CPC’s) are organizations established by right-wing religious groups that masquerade as legitimate women’s health clinics. Their operators will more often than not give women seeking abortions false or misleading information in an effort to convince them against the procedure. This practice is underhanded, duplicitous, and downright sinister seeing as giving people false medical advice is incredibly dangerous.
The Virginia chapter of NARAL, a Pro-Choice foundation, investigated 58 of these Crisis Pregnancy Centers in Virginia during two yearlong studies, and discovered that the information these centers were giving vulnerable women in their time of need was wrong 71% of the time. They claimed that condoms were “naturally porous” and did not protect against STDs, that woman who take birth control for over four years have a 46% increased chance of contracting breast cancer, that having an abortion will damage all of your future relationships, and that at the end of the world you will meet your unborn child’s soul again in the afterlife: not exactly sound medical advice.
These lies are ridiculous and absurd. These people are encountering women enduring a terrible and difficult time in their lives, and they are doling out completely misguided medical advice about a standard medical procedure, with absolutely no regulation. Many of the women who call these centers have no idea they’re not calling an actual health clinic until they find themselves being emotionally manipulated by religious fanatics. These CPC operators are using scare tactics and coercion to capitalize on Virginia’s ultrasound and waiting period laws, manipulating women into putting off their abortions just long enough so that they’re not able to have one. Many of these women are low-income working women, and so the decision to have an abortion is difficult enough just to schedule and pay for it without the added frustration of a fake health clinic attempting to guilt them out of their autonomy.
There are laws preventing lawyers from perjuring, laws preventing doctors from lying to patients, laws against falsely posing as an officer of the law. There should be a law against masquerading as a health care official to mislead and coerce women into giving up their right to choose. Please sign this petition to protect women’s health and to urge President Barack Obama to put legislation into effect that would make this kind of dangerous manipulation illegal.
Dear Secretary Kathleen Sebelius,
Crisis Pregnancy Centers are duplicitous organizations that mislead and manipulate women seeking abortions. They give out false and coercive information in order to convince women to give up their right to choose abortion, or to trick them into missing the deadline for waiting periods in their state.
If it is illegal for a doctor to give out false information, illegal to impersonate an officer of the law, illegal for a lawyer to commit perjury, then why is it perfectly legal for these activists to dole out false medical information to vulnerable women seeking legitimate health care? These people are purposefully misleading, and their facts are completely distorted. Please use your clout as Secretary of Health and Human Services to put legislation into place that will make this duplicity illegal. It is dangerous for women, and dangerous for the state of our health care.
[Your Name Here]
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