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Undercover Footage Reveals Va. CPC Staff Providing False Information About Abortion, Contraception

Undercover Footage Reveals Va. CPC Staff Providing False Information About Abortion, Contraception

August 9, 2013 — An advocate from NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia has secretly recorded a counseling session at a Virginia crisis pregnancy center, capturing staff members presenting false information about contraception and abortion, Salon reports.

In excerpts from the recording, the center's staff members said that condoms are "naturally porous" and that they do not protect against sexually transmitted infections. Additionally, staff members falsely claimed that women who have used oral contraception for four years prior to their first pregnancy have a 46% higher risk of developing breast cancer than women who did not use birth control pills. Staff members also told the woman that an abortion damages a woman's future relationships and that she would see an aborted fetus' soul "at the end of the world."

According to Salon, CPCs nationwide use similar tactics when counseling women.

Funding for Va. CPCs

In Virginia, motorists can purchase "pro-life" license plates that provide funding to the centers.

In his campaign for governor, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) has touted his push to offer the license plates, as well as his support for CPCs in general.

Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, has criticized Cuccinelli, saying his "support of CPCs that lie to women is yet another example of him prioritizing his ideological agenda above his commitment to serve the women and men of Virginia" (McDonough, Salon, 8/7).