How are CPCs operating during the pandemic?
You might be thinking that one of the silver linings of the COVID-19 crisis is that CPCs are not able to harm women during this time. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Despite not providing any actual healthcare (or being held to medical standards), CPCs are staying open during this crisis and using their misleading messaging to confuse women who are seeking abortions. Some are even comparing their work to that of essential healthcare workers (you heard that right!). Heartbeat International (an organization that funds many CPCs) reports that calls to the organization’s hotline have increased during the pandemic, meaning that MORE women are being lied to regarding pregnancy and abortion.
Simultaneously, reproductive health clinics that actually provide medical services are closing, and politicians are using the crisis as an excuse to suspend abortion rights, leaving many women in a frantic lurch without access to healthcare or reliable information. Despite the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists declaring abortion an example of “time-sensitive, essential care,” multiple states have deemed abortion “nonessential.” In these states - Texas, Ohio, Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and West Virginia - reproductive health clinics are working with women to help them find out-of-state resources. All of this is especially concerning during a pandemic, when getting accurate medical information and necessary care is crucial.
Scroll down to read recent articles about CPCs, and at the bottom of the page is some helpful information about navigating abortion during the pandemic!
TIME. March 24, 2020.
VICE News. April 6, 2020.
Rewire News. April 10, 2020.
Essence. April 20, 2020.
Ms. April 16, 2020.
Rewire News. April 27, 2020.