Mythbusting: CPC Style

  • Nearly all of the CPCs we contacted gave INACCURATE information about the side effects of abortion

  • Examples included: infertility, increased chances of breast cancer, having a child with epilepsy or autism, and mental health consequences (PTSD, anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts)

    • SPOILER ALERT 1: Abortions are scientifically linked to NONE of these things​​

  • CPCs framed themselves as objective “helpers” rather than political pro-life organizations

  • CPCs tried to bring other people into the decision (parents, spouses, etc.) by asking “How would other people feel about you having an abortion?” Some went as far as to say that certain people wouldn’t approve (granted the background we gave often indicated that) and suggested they speak to those people specifically 

    • SPOILER ALERT 2: CPCs are more interested in making sure pregnancies are carried to term than caring for individuals and are willing to lie to achieve this outcome!  

    • SPOILER ALERT 3: CPCs are often backed by anti-abortion religious groups. Often they will use tactics such as slut-shaming to guilt women into carrying their pregnancy to term (see chat 6) 

  • CPCs suggested that our futures would be “better” if we had a child

    • SPOILER ALERT 4: CPCs often only support pregnant women for the duration of their pregnancies and offer limited post-birth services. There’s no guarantee that the future will be better despite their claims.

  • CPCs used generic female names and images of white women in their chat features 

  • Many CPCs (especially in NY) were adamant about speaking in person

    • SPOILER ALERT 5: CPCs often try to emotionally manipulate pregnant women in order to further their cause. One of the many ways they do so is by making themselves seem approachable and appealing to women’s sense of sisterhood​.

  • The chat conducted in Spanish was much less aggressive, used shorter answers, and was more objectively informative. 

    • SPOILER ALERT 6: Society has certain ideas about who is a “good mother” that can influence how people interact with one another and who is encouraged to become mothers. CPCs do not care about individual women!