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Crisis Pregnancy Centers
Unfortunately, the vast majority of these funds have ended up in the hands of anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers, rather than legitimate direct service providers.
In 2011, 23 of the 31grantees of the Positive Alternatives funds were crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs). CPCs are the ‘provider’ arm of the anti-choice movement. They usually offer free pregnancy testing, biased counseling, supplies and ultrasounds to women experiencing unplanned pregnancies. They provide women with incomplete or inaccurate information regarding family planning, pregnancy, or abortion.
What are the funds used for?
NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota supports efforts to improve this program to using accountability, standards, and best practices to ensure that state funds are being efficiently used to provide unbiased health information for women, support for women who have made their own independent choice to continue an unplanned pregnancy, and provide women with the reproductive health care they need to prevent future unplanned pregnancies.
Learn more about CPCs in our state by reading our investigative report: State-Funded Deception: Minnesota's Crisis Pregnancy Centers