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Common CPC Misinformation

Listed below are some of the most common lies that CPCs tell women, aswell as factually-cited responses to these erroneous claims.

Lie #1: ‘Abortion causes breast cancer.’

Truth: According to the American Cancer Society, the American Medical Association, and the National Cancer Institute (an affiliate of the National Institutes of Health) studieshave not shown there to be any connection between induced or spontaneousabortions and a woman’s risk of breast cancer.

Lie #2: ‘You’ll never be able to have children again if you have anabortion.’

Truth: According to The Mayo Clinic, much evidence states that abortion (both surgical andmedical) is safe when it comes to future pregnancies. It is rare for either ofthese methods to result in infertility. The Mayo Clinic adds that abortion,like all medical procedures, carries some risk. However, the risk of medicaland surgical abortions is low.

Lie #3: ‘Condoms don’t work.’

Truth: The WHO- World Health Organization disputes this lie, sharing that intact condoms prevent STDsand unintended pregnancies with an accuracy rate of 97%. Likewise, the National Institute of Health also touts the effectiveness of condoms. Abstinence is theonly 100% way to guarantee that you are preventing unintended pregnancies, butbirth control and other forms of contraception, such as condoms, can protect awoman from getting pregnant more than 99% of the time. A woman should consultwith her doctor about the form of birth control that is best for her.

Lie #4: "The abortion pill, RU-486 is dangerous and not medicallysafe for women.”

Truth: According to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), Mifeprex (RU-486) is safeand legal if taken with a prescription from and the consultation of a licensed,medical care provider. As the FDA reports, "since the approval of Mifeprex inSeptember 2000, FDA has been informed of six deaths in the United States due toserious infections following medical abortion with mifepristone and misoprostolthat FDA has concluded may possibly be related to the use of these drugs.These women died from sepsis (serious infection involving the bloodstream)…Wedo not know whether using Mifeprex and misoprostol caused these deaths.”Likewise, FDA states that only licensed medical providers can prescribeRU-486 because, as with any other prescription drug, patients need to bemonitored.

Lie #5: "Birth Control and Emergency Contraception (theMorning-After Pill) are abortants.”

Truth: According to Princeton University’s Office of PopulationResearch & Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, both birth control and "emergency contraceptive pills(also called "morning after pills" or "day after pills") prevent pregnancyafter sex. Neither causes an abortion. Emergency contraceptive pills work before pregnancy begins. Leading medical authorities –such as the National Institutes of Health and the American College of Obstetricians andGynecologists – define pregnancyas beginning when the fertilized egg implants in the lining of a woman'suterus.

Implantation begins five to seven daysafter the sperm fertilizes the egg, and the process is completed several dayslater. Emergency contraception pills work differently depending on where youare in your monthly cycle. They may prevent or delay ovulation (release of youregg), affect the movement of egg or sperm (making them less likely to meet),interfere with the fertilization process, or prevent implantation of afertilized egg.”

Lie #6: "Abortion causes permanent psychological and mental damage,including Post-Abortion Syndrome.”

Truth: Many renowned research authorities have recognized thatwhile there may be mood changes linked to fluctuating hormone levels, includingthose during pregnancy, and emotional responses when a woman has had anabortion, there is no such thing as "Post-Abortion Syndrome.” The National Abortion Federation, in citing the American Psychological Association, shares "that the studies with the most scientificallyrigorous research designs consistently found no trace of "post-abortionsyndrome.”

Lie #8: "Abortions cost much more than carrying your baby toterm.”

Truth: The Guttmacher Institute reported that in 2001, the average charge for a surgicalabortion at 10 weeks’ gestation was $468; but since most abortions in theUnited States are performed at low-cost clinics, women on average paid $372 forthe procedure. According to The Kaiser Family Foundation, a 2007 report found that the average cost of medicalexpenditures associated with an uncomplicated pregnancy and hospital birthaveraged about $7,600 in 2004.

Lie #9: "Surgical abortion can kill you.”

Truth: The National AbortionFederation shares that surgicalabortions are one of the safest medical procedures performed today.

Lie #10: "You have plenty of time to make a decision. One-third ofall pregnancies end in miscarriages anyway.”

Truth: CPCs have a tendency to suggest that a woman facing anunintended pregnancy has ample time to make a decision because some pregnanciesresult in miscarriages. The problem with this is that the expense of anabortion increases and the availability of an abortion decreases during laterstages of the pregnancy, making this decision all the more difficult for thewoman and her family. The American College ofObstetrics and Gynecology reports thatmiscarriages occur in 15-20% of all pregnancies. In addition, most occur in thefirst 13 weeks of pregnancy. Some miscarriages take place before a woman missesa menstrual period or is even aware that she is pregnant.

Lie #11: "Your baby can already smell, and hear you.”

Truth: The truth to this statement relies entirely upon the stageof embryonic/fetal development, which only a licensed medical provider can tellyou, not a volunteer guessing about your last menstrual cycle. That being said,visit the National Institute ofHealth’s website to learn more aboutstages of development and what occurs during each week of pregnancy. You canalso visit Planned Parenthood’s website to learn more about what happens to a woman’s bodyduring pregnancy.

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