You Deserve Better is a campaign by Black Women for Wellness Action Project and Courage California. Using a speculative fiction format, we took a closer look at the horrors of crisis pregnancy centers. Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) are fake health clinics funded and operated by anti-abortion religious organizations. They are designed to trick pregnant people considering abortion by posing as full-service women’s health clinics.
Crisis Pregnancy Centers are essentially fake clinics that lure pregnant women– primarily women of color– with the promise of affordable reproductive care, then force an anti-abortion agenda on patients to dissuade them from terminating a pregnancy. There are currently dozens of known Crisis Pregnancy Centers operating in California, and the Trump administration made it easier for these groups to receive federal funding.
BWW has sponsored state legislation to inform people about these fake clinics and how they harm women, but unfortunately the policy was never implemented because anti-abortion activists sued California in a case that went all the way up to the supreme court and lost 5-4. After this, we teamed up with Courage California to create a short film that highlights the dangers of CPCs as well as educate our communities about abortion access. We also ran ads throughout California to elevate the importance of safe, legal abortion.
Check out YouDeserveBetter.Us to learn more about how to spot a fake clinic, what your rights are, and actions you can take to stop these harmful practices.