Fake Women’s Health Centers have converged in Atlanta this week for the CareNet 2018 Conference. But our partners at AMPLIFY GA are reminding them that ‘Abortion is OK!’ by displaying this message on the hotel where the conference is being held.
In case you need a reminder about just how awful these fake health clinics are, some of the topics they are covering during the conference include:
Client Care Counseling: “The abstinence message and building character is the most important message in America today.”
Yes, the fake clinics that lie to women to stop them from seeking an abortion also want to shame women out of using birth control or being empowered to make healthy, safe choices in their sexual lives.
In this session, participants are even provided “materials on a secondary virginity.”
During the hour-and-a-half long session “Is This Pregnancy Viable?,” participants supposedly learn the basics of sonography, also commonly called ultrasounds.
Never mind that a certified sonographer has at least a Bachelor’s degree, plus two years of training and a year of clinical experience. But fake women’s health clinics proponents would have people believe that the medical knowledge can be condensed down into a 90-minute workshop session.
Who wouldn’t want a barely-trained individual to assess the normal or abnormal development of a fetus, diagnose an ectopic pregnancy or other pregnancy problem, or even just be trusted to provide a clear and accurate ultrasound?
The problems this causes for pregnant folks — whether they are seeking to carry a pregnancy to term or are clear they want an abortion — is well-documented, and has damaging and dangerous consequences.
These fake women’s health clinics are not licensed medical facilities, often do not have trained medical professionals on staff and are not required to follow HIPPA or other privacy protections for their pregnant folks who walk through their doors.
This conference also offers marketing classes. Which is no doubt a valuable skill set to develop when you intend to lie to pregnant people about the types of services you provide in order to deceive people seeking an abortion into coming to your fake health center.
The issue has gotten so bad that Google has taken down many fake women’s health centers advertisements. Google found that their ads are “misleading, inaccurate and deceitful,” and thus a direct violation of Google’s advertising policy.
These folks are working hard to chip away at abortion access, and willing to lie and deceive pregnant people just to get their way.
But the reality is abortion care is health care, and an essential aspect of women being able to decide when, how and with whom they want to build a family.
The stigma and shame around abortion needs to end, and we are proud of our partners at AMPLIFY for loudly and boldly proclaiming “Abortion is Ok!”