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Crisis pregnancy centers are sometimes called fake abortion clinics because of their tendency to locate themselves near real clinics and use deceptive names and advertising. Their real goal is to prevent clients from having an abortion, even if this means lying. These myths are perpetuated on CPC websites, advertisements, materials in the center, and in person.
1) Lie: Abortion causes breast cancer
2) Lie: Abortion causes infertility
Truth: While complications with abortion, just as with any other reproductive procedure, can have an effect on future fertility, abortion does not have a unique negative effect on fertility. [source] [source]
3) Lie: Abortion causes mental health problems
Truth: Sometimes referred to by anti-abortion activists as “Post-Abortion Syndrome” or “Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome,” these effects aren’t supported by the American Psychological Association or the American Psychiatric Association. [source] [source] [source]
4) Lie: Abortion is dangerous
Truth: Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures, with a risk of less than 0.05% of major complications that may need hospital care. The risk of death associated with abortion is 1/1,000,000 before 8 weeks and 1/29,000 at 16-20 weeks. [source]
5) Lie: Birth control and condoms don’t work
Truth: The effectiveness of birth control depends on how well it’s used. Condoms have a 98% effectiveness rate when used perfectly, but that goes down to 82% with “typical” use. Long-term methods, such as the IUD and implant, are over 99% effective.
Birth control works best when multiple methods are used together, such as consistently taking the birth control pill and using condoms, or having an IUD and using the pull-out method. [source] [source] [source]
6) Lie: Emergency contraception is abortion
Truth: Emergency contraception, also known as the “morning after pill” or by one brand’s name, Plan B, works primarily to stop the ovary from releasing an egg that can be fertilized by incoming sperm. This prevents a pregnancy from occurring in the first place, and EC will not work if a fertilized egg has already implanted in the uterus. There is no evidence to suggest that EC prevents a fertilized egg from implanting. [source] [source] [source] [source]
7) Lie: The abortion pill doesn’t work on ectopic pregnancies
Truth: This is a half-truth. The medication typically used in medication abortions, mifepristone, has no effect on an ectopic pregnancy. However, methotrexate is also sometimes used in medication abortions, either in pill or injection form, and it can treat an ectopic pregnancy. [source]
8) Lie: Embryos and fetuses can feel pain during an abortion
Truth: The current research finds that fetuses likely cannot perceive pain or distinguish it from touch until the third trimester of pregnancy. Nearly 99% of abortions happen before this point. [source] [source] [source]
1. Couple of people have asked if I can use the queue for posts. Unfortunately, I am — I’m posting some manually and some via queue, because there is an ongoing huge backlog of stories. We’re just about getting caught up, and I suspect once I’m not getting 15-20 stories and hour, the every-30-min queue will work fine. But! If I only queue stories, some people aren’t going to see theirs on the site til next week… and I don’t want anyone to have to wait too awful long. I know you get a few at a time in your dash, but it’s the best I can do to shoot for some middle ground.
2. Komen’s apology is not an apology, it’s a PR stunt. Go read Angus for more.
When Susan G. Komen for the Cure “defunded” Planned Parenthood, what they actually did was disqualify them for any future grants - they didn’t take any money away. Now, they are reassuring us that Planned Parenthood is still eligible for grants in the future, but of course they aren’t promising any actual money. As long as anti-choice politician Karen Handel is senior vice president, Komen funding to Planned Parenthood is at risk. Don’t let up, guys.
Apparently I’m quite the threat. All my truthiness was a little too much for them to handle. Honestly #FetusLobby, I’m flattered.
And thankfully I got screenshots of all my major comments in the event something like this happened. [I’m going to try to come back later and add image descriptions to all these. I just wanted to get this out asap. I apologize.]
First there was this thread:
In which I posted the following comments (now gone):
Then there was this thread:
In which I posted the following comments (now gone). Note, I neglected to say people instead of women, I’m sorry:
Then there was this thread which was trying to peddle the erroneous link between abortion and breast cancer:
I didn’t screenshot my comment but I provided a link to my blog post thoroughly refuting this claim. My comment was between Elida Mulford and Kate Anderson at the bottom. Note how ridiculous Kate’s comment is in response to a slew of scientific proof they’re lying: “I think women often lie about their past sins. Theirs no way to be sure their breast cancer isn’t due to their promiscous behavior.” Uh-huh.
Next was this thread:
Obviously my comments are now gone.
Then there was this comment:
I don’t have a screenshot, but I again posted the link to my blog refuting this erroneous claim. It’s gone.
And best of all guyz, was this post:
Now here is a shot of my comment they deleted:
How nice of you antis for erasing the truth from your page in favor of keeping your supporters clueless and misinformed. Ask yourselves why you have to blatantly lie to make this politically motivated decision palatable.
By far, my favorite comment was “women wouldn’t need mammograms if we got rid of abortion.” JUST. WOW.
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