Why Crisis Pregnancy Centers Are Legal but Unethical.

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Crisis pregnancy centers are organizations that seek to intercept women with unintended pregnancies who might be considering abortion. Their mission is to prevent abortions by persuading women that adoption or parenting is a better option. They strive to give the impression that they are clinical centers, offering legitimate medical services and advice, yet they are exempt from regulatory, licensure, and credentialing oversight that apply to health care facilities. Because the religious ideology of these centers' owners and employees takes priority over the health and well-being of the women seeking care at these centers, women do not receive comprehensive, accurate, evidence-based clinical information about all available options. Although crisis pregnancy centers enjoy First Amendment rights protections, their propagation of misinformation should be regarded as an ethical violation that undermines women's health.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bryant, AG; Swartz, JJ

Published Date

  • March 1, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 269 - 277

PubMed ID

  • 29542437

Pubmed Central ID

  • 29542437

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2376-6980

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1001/journalofethics.2018.20.3.pfor1-1803

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States