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Christian 'Pregnancy Crisis Centers' Masquerading as Health Clinics Tell Women Abortion Causes Cancer and Infertility -- And You're Helping Pay for Them

Under the dubious free speech protection, CPCs are going to disgusting lengths to scare women out of seeking abortions -- with the help of federal and state funding.

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Last week, Centro Tepeyec Women's Center, a CPC based in Silver Spring, MD, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, arguing that the law is unconstitutional because it restricts freedom of speech.

Some state lawmakers have moved toward regulating CPCs. In 2007, bills to regulate CPCs were introduced in New York, Oregon, Texas and West Virginia. In 2008, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia considered similar bills.

On the federal level, 33 members of Congress and five senators have co-sponsored the “Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women's Services Act,” which would empower the Federal Trade Commission to sanction CPCs that promote themselves as offering comprehensive reproductive health services.

Still, for the most part, CPCs operate across the country with little or no independent or government regulation.

NARAL California hopes this latest report will help bolster efforts to pass legislation forcing CPCs to disclose their pro-life, anti-abortion stance.

Alexa Cole worries about the young, frightened women who enter CPCs being denied their right to accurate information – and being dissuaded from their right to choose.

“Of course, I know better. But for a young woman who doesn't know more?”

Ted Cox is a Sacramento writer and professional troublemaker. He is writing his first book about going undercover in "ex-gay" sexual reorientation therapies.