Local groups allege deceptive practices by faith-driven pregnancy centers

By: Crystal Haynes, Boston 25 News, February 14, 2018

State and local groups are investigating claims of deceptive web practices by faith-driven crisis pregnancy centers.

Critics say they’re posing as health clinics to lure women and hand out misleading information about abortions.

Pro-choice advocates say it’s the worst kind of bait and switch and it’s happening to women dealing with unplanned pregnancies walking into so-called crisis pregnancy centers in Massachusetts.

“Once they get there – even though the website suggests they might offer abortion care or they would be able to counsel someone on abortion care – where they actually just do not,” said Rebecca Hart Holder, NARAL Pro-choice Massachusetts.

Last November, Watchdog group Campaign for Accountability filed a legal complaint against the Attleboro Women’s Health Center for posting deceptive information on their website – after women reported being misled when seeking an abortion.

The center took down the information shortly after the complaint was filed with Attorney General Maura Healy’s Office.

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