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Explained: Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs)

With more than 2,500 crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) in the U.S, ANSIRH researchers sought to describe the characteristics associated with visiting a CPC and compared pregnancy and abortion outcomes for those who reported a CPC visit. This infographic summarizes what they found.

An infographic explaining CPCs and characteristics associated with visiting a CPC and compared pregnancy and abortion outcomes for those who reported a CPC visit.

This study contributes one of the first estimates of the proportion of pregnant people considering abortion who visit CPCs during their pregnancy, which appears to be at least 10% among a sample seeking information on abortion online. Reproductive and maternal health care providers and public health practitioners should seek innovative ways to reach pregnant people seeking information about pregnancy or abortion, including online, to ensure they have access to unbiased information on resources available for free or at low-cost. Research should continue to investigate what services pregnant people considering abortion are seeking from CPCs and whether those needs are being met, or if people are being misled about the care that is available. It is imperative that individuals considering abortion have unbiased information about their pregnancy options so that they can make the best decision for themselves.

"Pregnancy outcomes after exposure to crisis pregnancy centers among an abortion-seeking sample recruited online" can be found on Plos One.