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Have you been to a limited service pregnancy center? Too many women don't know about these centers' deceptive and manipulative tactics. Help get the word out.


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Access to Reproductive Health Care

All women, regardless of economic status, should have the ability to access, and the means to exercise, their legal right to abortion.

The legal right to abortion means little if women do not have the means and ability to access it. One barriers faced by many women, particularly women who are low-income, students, or women of color, is the deceptive practices of limited service pregnancy centers.

What is a limited service pregnancy center (LSPC)?

LSPCs (often called "crisis pregnancy centers” or fake clinics), offer free pregnancy tests, anti-choice pregnancy and health care information, and sometimes ultrasound imaging. Even though they often look like medical clinics, they provide no medical care other than pregnancy tests and ultrasounds without medical diagnosis.

What is the problem?

Women – often low-income women seeking free pregnancy tests – go to these centers in times of crisis, in need of medical care and unbiased pregnancy information. Instead, they get false or misleading information about what services are offered, their patient privacy is not protected, their test results and medical records are withheld, and they are denied needed referrals for reproductive health care.

There are at least 46 such centers operating in Washington State, in 21 counties and 33 legislative districts.

Limited Service Pregnancy Center Accountability Act solutions:

  • Requires the centers to disclose that they do not provide service or referrals for abortion or comprehensive birth control and that they do not provide medical care for pregnant women.
  • Requires the centers to keep any medical information they collect private.
  • Requires the centers to provide pregnancy test results immediately.

Download a fact sheet on the Limited Service Pregnancy Center Accountability Act.

Have you visited a limited service pregnancy center?  Would you like to share your story?  Find out more.

Many women also face barriers in accessing reproductive health care because of their income level, or because of the actions of anti-choice extremists.  Find out more below:
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