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Top 10 Myths of Pregnancy Resource Centers

Pregnancy Centers (sometimes referred to as CPCs or PRCs) are small but mighty. They tend to be the squeaky wheel in the ears of abortionists. We'd say they are despised and rejected but in good company (Isaiah 53:3).

The former abortionist turned pro-life advocate Abby Johnson says, "Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRCs) are constantly in the crosshairs of the abortion industry. They are angry that PRCs take away clients who would otherwise use them for abortion. They lose lots of money to PRCs every year."

John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Jesus is for life — the enemy is for death. A few chapters before this, Jesus says in John 8:44 that the enemy is called the father of lies. So, it should not be surprising that pro-choicers are constantly circulating myths about PRCs.

10 Most Common Myths of Pregnancy Centers

Myth #1: Most fake ‘clinics’ are unlicensed, so they don't fall under medical board requirements.

TRUTH: All medical professionals working in a PRC operate with licenses to help protect clients and patients from being harmed. They meet the medical standard to offer medical services. PRCs medical clinics are overseen by thousands of licensed medical professionals who fall under the same laws and codes that regulate the medical profession within each state.

Myth #2: Crisis Pregnancy Centers Rely on Deception

TRUTH: When women come to our PRC, they will hear the truth. Why? Because women deserve truth and honesty when seeking care and support in an extraordinary time of need, such as an unexpected pregnancy. To ensure that this basic need is met, PRCs adhere to a national code of ethics called “Our Commitment of Care and Competence” (CCC), which addresses the vital importance of truthfulness in communications.

Myth #3: “[T]hese crisis centers are intentionally positioning themselves in or around Black neighborhoods.”

TRUTH: We help all women, including minority women. Every woman deserves full access to pregnancy and parenting support. Some PRCs are located in or near black neighborhoods because, sadly, abortion disproportionately impacts the black community. In fact, black women are twice as likely to have an unintended pregnancy as white women.

Myth #4: “Women who visit pregnancy help centers sign forms that resemble those that protect patients under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPPA [sic].”

TRUTH: All women deserve confidentiality when discussing their sensitive information. Reliance Center follows HIPAA-Compliance even when we're not legally required to, as do most medical centers.

Myth #5: “[Crisis Pregnancy Centers] CPCs offer free ultrasounds and then give people inaccurate results.”

TRUTH: Free ultrasound services at PRCs take place under applicable national guidelines set forth by the American Institute in Ultrasound Medicine, the American College of Radiology, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Additionally, a doctor signs off on the sonogram results for our patients. Just because we offer medical services for free doesn’t mean they’re not accurate or second-best in medical practice.

Myth #6: “CPCs get government support and funding.”

TRUTH: Limited government funding that grants women broader access to pregnancy and parenting support services is a positive for the women and children it serves and the broader community that benefits from strong and healthy families. However, 90 percent of funding for pro-life pregnancy centers comes via donations from local communities.

Myth #7: “CPCs put women’s safety at risk and jeopardize wanted pregnancies.”

TRUTH: Every mother and every pregnancy—planned or unplanned— receives the best care and support we can offer them. And tellingly, clients have overwhelmingly reported positive experiences. We exist for the woman and the life of the unborn.

Myth #8: “CPCs frighten patients with myths about abortion.”

TRUTH: At our PRC, we give women medical information regarding all risks associated with a procedure, no matter what that procedure might be. Before sharing, we ensure informed consent. Pregnancy centers rely on scientific studies about the short and long-term effects of abortion and carrying and parenting to empower our clients with facts before making a life-altering decision.

Myth #9: CPCs choose names similar to those of legitimate reproductive-health clinics that provide abortion services and locate themselves near those clinics to confuse women and lure them into their center.

TRUTH: PRCs' names reflect the real, life-giving choices they support—such as parenting and adoption—and the free medical and non-medical services they provide, such as ultrasound services, parenting classes, and material resources. Women should never feel forced to have an abortion, especially because it's the only pregnancy option in their community. PRCs locate themselves near abortion facilities because they are trying to reach clients, granting them access to more choices than just abortion.

Myth #10: Contraception reduces abortion

TRUTH: Several studies and organizations, pro-life and not, have found or reported a link between contraception use and abortion.

Despite the misinformation spread by people with different views on life, we will continue to stand our ground. Because when we tell the truth, we have nothing to fear.

Will you join us in being partakers of the truth? If there were ever a generation that needed the truth, it would be this one! Give today to ensure Reliance Center can continue to reach women and men who need us the most.


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