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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.
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