Thank you Brook, for this eye-opening report on the concerning misinformation being put out there by Crisis Pregnancy Centres.
Crisis Pregnancy Centres around the UK have been misleading and misinforming vulnerable women who come to them looking for support and advice. For a snapshot, see the executive summary; for the complete findings, go to the full report.
I’m not sure what concerns me more about this information:
- The lies that CPCs are telling to vulnerable women.
- The fact that these have been signposted to by the NHS.
- That similarly problematic practices veiled as scientific, supportive, and unbiased must be globally widespread.
- That these places are separate from the NHS and thus unregulated. How is that even allowed?
- That there is a clear conflict of interest when a number of the “counsellors” at these centres are also members of Christian organizations.
- That two of the main bodies that operate CPCs in the UK (Life and Care Confidential) both offer dubious information regarding unplanned pregnancies and abortion.
- To add insult to injury, life was awarded £292,000 by the Big Lottery Fund in 2013 towards its counselling services.
- That both organizations have gained accreditation to certain bodies (The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, The Government’s Sexual Health Forum, the ‘Information Standard’ quality mark) despite not practising what those bodies espouse (“commitment to consistency between what is professed and what is done,” “the organization has undergone a rigorous assessment and that the information they produce is clear, accurate, impartial, evidence-based, and up-to-date”)
I will end my rant now.