The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) and the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG) have issued a joint position paper detailing how crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) fail to consistently follow medical and ethical practice standards, which could lead to negative health outcomes.
Crisis pregnancy centers frequently advertise themselves in misleading ways and often provide unproven or inadequate services. Many also share biased, misleading, and inaccurate health information to prevent people from having an abortion, using modern methods of contraception, and engaging in sex outside of marriage. However, crisis pregnancy centers in the United States are increasingly securing government funding, support, and legal protections.
“Crisis pregnancy centers attempt to prevent use of reproductive healthcare services, particularly abortion and contraception, often without revealing their true intentions,” said Dr. Andrea Swartzendruber, an assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Georgia College of Public Health. “The lack of transparency, use of inaccurate health information, and failure to provide evidence-based services could harm young people and their health.”
Dr. Swartzendruber is a leading expert on CPCs and lead author on the new position paper.
SAHM and NASPAG affirm that young people require complete, medically accurate, sexual and reproductive health information and evidence-based clinical services to protect their health and avoid negative outcomes, such as unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on November 01