Experts call for crisis pregnancy center regulation to combat free speech concerns and medical misinformation.
Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) are non-profit organizations that provide free counseling and prenatal care to pregnant individuals. Many of these centers—which usually have an explicit pro-birth mission—have ties to religious groups and anti-abortion organizations.
CPCs frequently market themselves as full-service medical clinics and promise to provide free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and comprehensive counseling on all pregnancy-related options. In reality, most CPCs lack medical facility licensing, offer limited medical and social services, and present pregnant people with only two options: parenthood or adoption.
Because CPCs generally lack medical licenses and offer their services free of charge, they are often exempt from federal and state regulations governing medical ethics and patient privacy, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act…