CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A warning was given Wednesday night from the state’s Attorney Generals’ Office for people seeking reproductive care, including abortions.
The concern is about Crisis Pregnancy Centers and what the Attorney General is calling deceptive advertisements that may be misleading to people seeking an abortion. In a post Roe v. Wade world, this is a new worry for people trying to seek abortion services.
State Attorney General Maura Healey issued a warning about the possible dangers of Crisis Pregnancy Centers, also known as CPCs.
Healey said the clinics are typically not licensed medical facilities and that they do not, “provide comprehensive reproductive healthcare,” adding that they seek to prevent people from accessing abortion services.
If you do a google search in Springfield of “abortions near me,” Clearway Clinic will be at the top of that list. However, it says in that ad that they do not provide abortions.
The Springfield Diocese contributes to the organization as well as three others. Carolee McGrath is a spokesperson for the Springfield Diocese. She said people are free to choose if they don’t want help from these facilities.
“If somebody really wanted an abortion I would say, ‘You know what, thank you, good luck we’re going to pray for you but that’s not what we do here.’ I mean no one is forced or coerced. I think woman are smart enough to figure out, ‘This is not for me,’ then you walk out the door,” said McGrath.
The city of Somerville was one of the first communities here in the Commonwealth to place bans on deceptive advertisements by CPCs. 22News spoke with a city councilor from Somerville who made their way to Easthampton in hopes to stop that from happening here in Western Massachusetts.
The Easthampton community is gathering for a public hearing on a proposed ordinance that would ban CPCs from falsely advertising reproductive healthcare.
“It is ensuring that if they do operate within the city limits that they are creating accurate medical information, that they are making sure that they aren’t misleading people, and if they don’t then they are fined,” said Kristen Strezo, Somerville City Councilor.
Easthampton residents are still waiting for a final decision on that ordinance. In the meantime, AG Healey advises those who are seeking reproductive healthcare to be cautious.
This includes being on the lookout for centers advertising 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 provide abortions.
Early Thursday morning, Clearway’s Worcester location was vandalized. The organization putting out a statement saying they were, “deeply saddened that misunderstandings about what we do have led to pro-abortion extremists targeting our center,” but they will continue care.
If you have concerns about your crisis pregnancy center, you can file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office.