Stories from Women who have visited CPCs:
One woman from the Florida Panhandle who called the NAF Hotline was unemployed, and her husband had just been laid off, when she found out that she was pregnant. She knew that having an abortion was the best option for their family at that time. She scheduled an appointment at the nearest clinic that could provide her care—over 250 miles away from her home—and worked to come up with the funds she would need to travel there and pay for her procedure. On the day of her appointment she drove hours to her provider, only to be lured into a CPC next door to the clinic, with a similar name and staff who assured her she was in the right place. They told her that they did not see her name in their system, and tried to get her to fill out extensive paperwork. Fortunately, before she supplied any of her personal information or details about her medical history, she asked if they provided abortion care, and when they admitted that they did not—and had misled her about where she was—she left the CPC and made it to the medical facility next door just in time for her appointment.
A single mother in Jacksonville, Florida, that called the NAF Hotline found out she was pregnant after she got a free pregnancy test from a CPC. After thoughtful consideration, she decided that an abortion was the right choice for her, and went back to the CPC for a free ultrasound. CPC staff falsely told the woman that she would have to wait for another two weeks before she could have an ultrasound; then, they talked to her about religion, forced her to hold a doll that they claimed was “what a baby would look like at six weeks,” and lied to her about her fetus’ development, saying that her baby already had a brain and would feel pain during an abortion procedure.