Earlier this week, we published shocking new audio from Virginia “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs). The audio – recorded undercover at two Virginia CPCs – includes a CPC staffer not only spreading misinformation about abortion, but telling a woman that the birth-control pill causes breast cancer and that condoms “don’t work.” (Download the full audio from the two visits here and here.) Centers like these receive funding from a variety of sources including “Choose Life” license plates available through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli – whose anti-choice activism has helped shut down legitimate women’s health clinics across the state – has said he was the “proud sponsor” of the legislation behind the license plates when he served in the State Senate. Through our investigation of crisis pregnancy centers in Virginia, we’ve discovered more about their deceptive tactics, the misinformation they share, and how they’re forwarding an anti-choice agenda under the guise of providing support to women facing unintended pregnancy.
Watch the video below:
UPDATE: Our video and the findings of our investigative report has already been met with outrage and shock from members of the press and public across Virginia and the country. Check out some of the coverage and conversation happening online below:
- State-Funded Crisis Pregnancy Centers Talk Women Out Of Birth Control, Condoms: Report, by Laura Bassett at The Huffington Post
- Undercover footage reveals more crazy “crisis pregnancy center” lies, by Katie McDonough at Salon
- The Trojan Horse of the Anti-Choice Movement, by NARAL Pro-Choice America president Ilyse Hogue in The Nation
- Hear a Crisis Pregnancy Center Staffer Lie About Condoms and the Pill, by Katie J.M. Baker at Jezebel
- Cuccinelli-Backed ‘Crisis Pregnancy Center’ Rep. Recorded Telling Big Ol’ Lies, by Sarah Anne Hughes at DCist.com
- Virginia’s Right-Wing ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers’ Caught On Tape Lying To Women, by Tara Culp-Ressler at ThinkProgress
- Virginia ‘crisis pregnancy center’ counselor: Birth control pills are ‘secreting artificial hormones into your uterus’, by Kay Steiger at Raw Story
- Virginia Pregnancy Centers Caught Lying to Women, by Michelle Ruiz at Cosmopolitan
- Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli Personally Lying To All The Sluts About Their Bortions, by Alex Ruthrauff at Wonkette
- Virginia Crisis Pregnancy Centers Caught Lying About Abortion and Contraception by Amanda Marcotte at Slate
NARAL Pro-Choice America president Ilyse Hogue also appeared on Politics Nation with Rev. Al Sharpton to discuss our findings and the threat from crisis pregnancy centers across the country.
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