- Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) do not support public health and are inconsistent with recommendations of professional medical organizations and ethical health standards of care, a pair of adolescent health societies says in a position statement.
Why this matters
- There are 2500 CPCs currently operating in the United States.
- Their primary mission is to dissuade pregnant women from considering abortion and to promote premarital sexual abstinence.
- CPCs receive governmental financial support through federal grants and sales of "Choose Life" license plates.
- CPCs often provide inaccurate health information.
- They are staffed by volunteers who lack clinical training and licensure.
- CPCs use digital marketing strategies to direct people to their centers.
- Staffers often attempt to dissuade adolescents from using contraception or abortion services.
- CPCs often promote unproven services.
- Government funds should not be used to support organizations that fail to meet professional ethical standards.
- Position statement from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine and the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.
- The statement was developed through review of scientific publications, advocacy writings, and a discussion among a team of adolescents and reproductive sexual health experts.
- The statement is based on scientific data, expert opinion, and medical ethics.
- Funding: None disclosed.