: News

Filed Under:

VA Pro-Choice Group: Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers Offer Medically False Info

Play associated audio

By Jonathan Wilson

The abortion-rights group NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia says the majority of Crisis Pregnancy Centers across the state give clients inaccurate medical information.

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia conducted a year-long investigation into the 52 Crisis Pregnancy Centers, non-profits established by pro-life supporters that provide services such as pregnancy testing and counseling. NARAL alleges that 35 of the 52 centers shared medically erroneous information with undercover investigators.

The group says 17 different centers told clients abortions dramatically increased the risk of breast cancer, and others claimed most condoms have holes and cannot prevent sexually transmitted disease.

"I think no matter what your stance is on abortion, we all can agree that women shouldn't be lied to," says Tarina Keene, the group's Executive Director.

NARAL is pushing a bill in the state legislature that would require pregnancy centers to post more information about the services they give.

Many centers are eligible for state regulated funding through the "Choose Life" license plate program, which is new this year.

Peggy Hartshorn runs Heartbeat International, the organization in charge of distributing the funding. She says NARAL's report is politically biased.

"It's a type of harassment," she says. "It's to take us away from our real focus of helping women, and providing life affirming services in communities."

Hartshorn says centers receiving funding must agree to provide accurate medical information, and no money has been distributed yet. She also says some studies have shown links between breast cancer and abortion.

The web sites of the Virginia Department of Health, the National Institutes of Health, and the American Cancer Society do not list abortion as a risk factor for breast cancer.

NPR

MTV's Rewinding The '90s With A New Channel

The '90s are back! Pokémon has taken over the world again. A Clinton is running for president. And now, MTV is reviving '90s favorites like Beavis and Butt-head on a new channel, MTV Classic.
NPR

Salvage Supperclub: A High-End Dinner In A Dumpster To Fight Food Waste

The ingredients — think wilted basil, bruised plums, garbanzo bean water — sound less than appetizing. Whipped together, they're a tasty meal that show how home cooks can use often-tossed foods.
WAMU 88.5

The Politics Hour – LIVE from Slim's Diner!

This special edition of the Politics Hour is coming to you live from Slim's Diner from Petworth in Northwest D.C.

NPR

Writing Data Onto Single Atoms, Scientists Store The Longest Text Yet

With atomic memory technology, little patterns of atoms can be arranged to represent English characters, fitting the content of more than a billion books onto the surface of a stamp.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.