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What are Crisis Pregnancy Centers?

A Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC), sometimes called a Pregnancy Resource Center, is a fake clinic that does NOT provide comprehensive reproductive health care — or much of any health care at all.

How to Identify CPCs

  • Crisis Pregnancy Centers can also go by the name Pregnancy Resource Center
  • If the ad or flier for a clinic emphasizes how scary a pregnancy can be, it's probably a CPC
  • If the center offers free ultrasounds and pregnancy tests, it's likely a CPC
  • If the website offers abortion information but nothing on actual abortion services, it's probably a CPC
  • If you call to ask about abortion and they refuse to answer your questions over the phone, it's probably a CPC
  • When reviewing a potential clinic's website, look for coded anti-choice language and perspective, including referring to an embryo as a human being in early stages of development and an emphasis on abortion recovery
  • If the clinic's website or staff refuse to offer referral for actual abortion providers, it's probably a CPC
  • If the clinic does not provide extended OB/GYN or pre-natal care, birth control prescription or devices, or fertility testing, it's probably a CPC

We Deserve the Facts

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NEED AN ABORTION?

Allegheny Reproductive Health Center

(abortions up to 21 weeks 6 days)

5910 Kirkwood St, Pittsburgh

alleghenyreproductive.com

412-661-8811

Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

(abortions up to 24 weeks)

300 Halket St, Pittsburgh

upmc.com (magee)

412-641-6222

Planned Parenthood

(abortions up to 18 weeks)

933 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh

ppwp.org

412-562-1900

Western Pennsylvania Fund for Choice

Reproductive rights are under attack, causing an ever-increasing number of barriers for those seeking abortion. The Western Pennsylvania Fund for Choice ensures that money is not one of these obstacles.

wpafundforchoice.org

National Network of Abortion Funds

The National Network of Abortion Funds builds power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice.

abortionfunds.org/need-abortion

Take Action

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Read our Statement on Reproductive Justice and the recently proposed 20 week abortion ban.
Get involved in our work directly. Contact us at [email protected].
Print these flyers and help spread them around the Pittsburgh area!
Check out our informational pamphlet! If you're interested in spreading these around your neighborhood, email [email protected]!
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Why Are We Taking Action?

As socialist feminists, our analysis is grounded in the interconnected nature of capitalism, cis-hetero-patriarchy, misogyny, and white supremacy. We see CPCs as agents of state-supported violence against pregnant people. CPCs inflict emotional and financial violence on people who need healthcare and support. They appropriate the language of the feminist movement to dupe pregnant people, and they do it with taxpayer money, at the expense of families with children: Pennsylvania invented the practice of diverting TANF (welfare) funds to support crisis pregnancy centers.

CPCs in Pennsylvania have enjoyed this support since 2001, while actual abortion and reproductive health care providers struggle to stay open. Socialist feminists expose and combat CPCs because they cause real harm: to us as people who can become pregnant, who have had abortions, who have families, and who are fully autonomous human beings. Socialist feminists organize to reveal the agenda behind CPCs and to choke off their sources of support at all levels because a socialist future is impossible without reproductive justice.

The Supreme Court will be hearing a California case about CPCs trying to escape a disclosure law in 2018.

The State

Barriers to Reproductive Justice in PA

Pennsylvania is one of the most restrictive states in the country when it comes to abortion access. Of 14 abortion restrictions, Pennsylvania already enforces 11 and has proposed two more. In Pennsylvania, the following restrictions on abortion are in effect as of January 1, 2018:

  • Though no public funds cover elective abortion — and a family can't purchase private insurance in the federally facilitated marketplace that covers abortion even when the health of the pregnant people is threatened by continuing the pregnancy — every year in Pennsylvania, millions of dollars in taxpayer money goes to so-called crisis pregnancy centers, faux-medical centers with a record of lying to families.
  • A person must receive state-directed counseling that includes information designed to discourage them from having an abortion, and then wait 24 hours before the procedure is provided.
  • Health plans offered in the state's health exchange under the Affordable Care Act can only cover abortion if the patient's life is endangered, or in cases of rape or incest, unless individuals purchase an optional rider at an additional cost.
  • Abortion is covered in insurance policies for public employees only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.
  • The parent of a minor must consent before an abortion is provided.
  • Medicaid does not cover abortion. Public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.
  • An abortion may be performed at 24 or more weeks after the last menstrual period only if the person's life is endangered or health is severely compromised.
  • 82% of Pennsylvania counties have no abortion providers.

Sources:

womenslawproject.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/10-facts-about-abortion-in-pennsylvania-at-roe43

www.guttmacher.org/fact-sheet/state-facts-about-abortion-pennsylvania

CPCs to Avoid in the Pittsburgh Area

  • Women's Choice Network (locations in Oakland, Wexford, Northside, Monroeville)
  • Birthright of Pittsburgh (located in Oakland)
  • Lifeline of Southwest PA (located Downtown, Cranberry, and Beaver)
  • Cura Women's Care Clinic (located in Upper St. Clair/ Mt. Lebanon)
  • The Learning Center at Genesis (located in Bellevue)
  • Genesis of Pittsburgh (located in Washington and Bellevue)
  • Choices Pregnancy Center (located in Coraopolis and Beaver)
  • A National List of CPCs

More About Reproductive Justice