AG warns of crisis pregnancy centers as residents debate bans on misleading advertising

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) — A warning was issued Wednesday night by the state attorney general’s office for people seeking reproductive care, including abortions.

The concern is about crisis pregnancy centers and what the attorney general calls misleading advertisements that can mislead people seeking abortions. In a post Roe v. Wade, a new concern for people trying to seek abortion services.

State Attorney General Maura Healey has issued a warning about the possible dangers of Crisis Pregnancy Centers, also known as CPCs.

“The danger of crisis pregnancy centers is that they often pass themselves off as real clinics, which they are not.”

Cheryl Zoll, CEO of Tapestry Health.

Healey said the clinics are generally not licensed medical facilities and do not “provide comprehensive reproductive health care,” adding that they seek to prevent people from accessing abortion services.

The Town of Sommerville was one of the first communities here in the Commonwealth to ban misleading advertisements by CPCs.

22News spoke to a Sommerville councilman who traveled to Easthampton in hopes of preventing this from happening here in western Massachusetts.

The Easthampton community gathers for a public hearing on a draft ordinance that would ban CPCs from making false advertisements about reproductive health care.

“It’s about making sure that if they’re operating within the city limits that they’re creating accurate medical information, that they’re making sure that they’re not misleading people, and if they’re not not, they’re fined,” said Somerville City Councilman Kristen Strezo.

Easthampton residents are still awaiting a final decision on this order. In the meantime, AG Healey advises those seeking reproductive health care to be cautious.

This includes being on the lookout for centers that advertise free pregnancy tests or abortion counseling but do not provide abortion services. Healey says these centers may attempt to delay your appointment, or even use tactics to pressure you into continuing the pregnancy. Many CPCs are located near clinics that perform abortions.

And if you have any concerns about your crisis pregnancy center, you can file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office.

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