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Report by abortion rights advocates says pregnancy centers mislead women
A study showed that 47 percent of centers misinformed women about abortion
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Jo Ingles
 

More than 140 centers in Ohio offer services to help women deal with unintended pregnancies, but advocates for abortion rights say these centers don’t provide sound medical services.

NARAL Ohio conducted a study that showed that the crisis pregnancy centers don’t provide birth control options and scare patients out of having abortions with inaccurate information.

Jamie Miracle of says that the centers tell women that abortions have more physical risks than they actually do.

Report by abortion rights advocates says pregnancy centers mislead women

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“Forty-seven percent gave misleading information on the mental health issues like suicide, depression and substance abuse and abortion.  That’s been proven inaccurate by medical research.  The American Psychological Association….all of the big names have shown there’s no link between suicide, depression or substance abuse following an abortion.”

Mike Gonadakis, the president of Ohio Right to Life, argued that the study wasn’t accurate. He says that the centers provide women with the help they need for pregnancies.

Gonadakis says that while some centers do not provide birth control options, there is a push to get government health care funding to cover them.


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