A couple of weeks ago, I participated in a march put on by the Women’s Center at my school. The march was to protest the fake women’s health center that is located right off campus. Previous to this march, I didn’t have any knowledge or awareness on what these were and that they existed. These places are essentially anti-choice organizations that are pretending to a be a medical clinic. Their goal is to prevent women from accessing an abortion, through misleading and deceptive information. These centers use deception in their advertising and websites by lying about medical facts and the services they offer. They also target low-income areas, students, and young women. These people are in a more vulnerable and impressionable state than other groups of women.
For our march, we protested across the street from the Pregnancy Resource Center. We were there to raise awareness about women’s healthcare and the need for safe, accurate, and unbiased information. Any movement is always going to meet resistance and so of course there were some people that got very angry at us. Lots of people flipped us off, called us idiots, and one man got in our faces and yelled about how bad abortion was. We were there to peacefully advocate for the pro-choice movement and to protest the misinformation coming out of the center.
These women’s health centers far outnumber abortion providers in the United States. Their intention is to mislead women about their services in order to get them through the door. Once there, women are manipulated and lied to in order to persuade them away from getting an abortion. These centers receive direct state funding, depending on what state they are located in. It is ethically wrong for the government to give funding to organizations that are anti-choice and do not give women medically correct information. Women need accurate, unbiased information so that she can make the best-informed decision for herself.
If you are pregnant or know of somebody who is, below are some resources you could utilize to help you along the way to help you make an informed decision. Below that, are resources that provide some more information on the fake women’s health centers.
Kayla Nessmann is a third-year student at SCSU. She studied abroad in Australia last year and is majoring in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Writing and minoring in International Relations. Kayla is very passionate about writing, environmentalism, and violence against women’s issues. She wants to use her degree to combine writing with politics, to help make a change in the world. In her free time, she is writing her first novel, doing outdoor activities, interning at the Women’s Center, and being a Human Relations teaching assistant.