I would like to dispute false claims that were made in
the article written on the Pointers for Life last week. The Isthmus, a
Madison, WI based newspaper, recently wrote an article entitled “Pregnant?
Scared? Abortion risks are exaggerated at Wisconsin’s Crisis Pregnancy
Centers.” This article was based on an appalling investigative study done by
NARAL Pro-Choice America. Last week Pointers for Life stated that they partner
with First Choice, a crisis pregnancy center in Stevens Point.
Upon visiting the web site for First Choice, I
encountered numerous spelling errors, a lack of references, and
fear-mongering “testimonials” on emergency contraception that appear
fabricated. First Choice claims that emergency contraception, which is
available over the counter in Wisconsin, can cause abortion. According to
Princeton University and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals,
none of the FDA-approved emergency contraceptives can work after an egg is
In addition, First Choice states that abortion
increases breast cancer risk. This is a long-standing fallacy; there is no
association between abortion and breast cancer according to the National
Cancer Institute. Yet if that is not enough, there is a long list of
horrendously exaggerated, medically inaccurate side effects presented on their
web site. Again, there are no references listed to support their claims.
Also, the article written by Pointers for Life
insinuates that abortions can cause PTSD. The American Psychological
Association found that the risk of mental health problems in adult women with
an unplanned pregnancy is not different if they have a first-trimester abortion
or a pregnancy. In addition, Johns Hopkins University holds that research does
not support post-abortion traumatic stress syndrome.
I fear for the vulnerable women that could encounter
the inaccurate and incomplete information that this organization provides. This
is a faith-based operation and withholding of certain forms of family planning,
including emergency contraception is due to religious reasons. I feel that it
is deceitful to not present all options in a clear, unbiased, scientifically
sound manner. Services are limited at crisis pregnancy centers and fear, guilt
and intimidation is used to pressure women into making very sensitive personal
All legal options should be available in a
non-judgmental setting so that women can make well-informed choices without
being persuaded or misled. There are several reputable resources in the campus
and community. For resources on campus, you can contact the Women’s Resource
Center, in the basement of the DUC. For community resources, Family Planning
Health Services is located across Division Street adjacent to campus. The
family planning waiver covers reproductive care and all women and men are
eligible to apply for this program through the state of Wisconsin.