White Lies for Life: Crisis Pregnancy Centers in Los Angeles

Carrie Poppy

“Gloria" (not her real name) was sixteen when she entered a “crisis pregnancy center" and said she was afraid she was pregnant. The only volunteer there, a sweet woman behind an uncluttered desk, asked her to confirm her pregnancy with a urine test. When it came back positive, Gloria cried. She wasn’t ready to have a baby, and she couldn’t afford one. Whatever happened next, Gloria told the woman, she wasn’t going to be a mother. She needed an abortion, she said.

But Gloria wasn’t going to get one there. The clinic was actually an antiabortion pregnancy center, where staff and volunteers attempt to talk women out of abortions.

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