Across the U.S., there are roughly 3,000 "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs), which allegedly offer counseling to patients who are seeking information about pregnancy and birth control. However, for years, pro-choice activists have warned that these clinics — which are typically religious anti-choicers — intentionally misinform visitors and demonize abortion.

In January, California passed a law that would require these clinics to provide visitors about state-funded abortion and contraceptive abortions. However, several CPCs in the state are refusing to comply, despite the fines of $500, $1,000 or more.

Screen Grab from the website of Life Choices Pregnancy Center in San Diego, CA

photo: Screen Grab via Life Choices Pregnancy Center

“I don’t want to put up a sign telling you where you can go for an abortion,” Josh McClure, executive director of a CPC in San Diego, told the New York Times. “The sign is not up here now because it’s unconstitutional.”

While California CPCs are currently battling this law, asserting it violates their right to free speech, these clinics seem to have no problem giving women scientifically inaccurate information about birth control — a tactic that's both wildly unprofessional and potentially life threatening for the patient.

According to a comprehensive investigation launched by NARAL Pro-Choice California, "The use of birth control is intentionally confused with abortion at CPCs. Our investigation found that at 63% of centers visited, the investigator was given misinformation about birth control and Plan B, the morning after pill."

And because that wasn't had enough, CPCs assert that abstinence is the only way to prevent pregnancy. Because yeah, we all know that works super well.

Per NARAL's report:

When our investigator asked how to avoid unintended pregnancies in the future, she was told “in order to not get pregnant, it would be best to stop whoring around.” She was also told that “everybody should just stop using birth control because it’s not healthy for your body; it’s not good for you.”

While the court battles in California will likely continue over the next year, one thing's for sure: As long as the new law is in order, CPCs better start complying.

Revelist has reached out to Planned Parenthood for comment.