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In all 50 of America’s states, there are women’s health clinics that are operating fraudulently without any legitimate healthcare professionals working inside them.
Also known as “crisis pregnancy centers,” these fake clinics prey on low-income women with limited healthcare options. Many of them strategically target black women and in pockets of communities across America, these fraudulent facilities are located in predominantly black neighborhoods.
The nation’s epidemic of fake women’s health clinics is so pervasive, a case surrounding this issue will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. It will be the first case concerning women’s reproduction rights since President Donald Trump appointed Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch.
The burden placed on black women, in particular, by these crisis pregnancy centers is devastating. Black teen girls who become pregnant are often manipulated by these phony medical staff members who advise them without any credentialed merit whatsoever.
A black woman named Jessica Estes told her story in recent opinion-editorial, which was published by the St. Louis American newspaper. In her telling piece, Estes explains the demoralizing experience she endured at Birthright, a phony women’s clinic located in a number of major cities across the United States.
“At 16 years old, I was concerned I may be pregnant. My aunt suggested I go to Birthright, a clinic that offered free pregnancy tests and other services. After providing a urine sample, I was taken to a small room without my aunt. Soon an older white woman came in and sat her chair directly across from mine,” Estes wrote.
Birthright claims to be a pro-life crisis pregnancy center that is built on conservative Christian values. However, Estes claimed in her substantive article that she endured what felt like racism as a white Birthright staff member talked to her in a cold and condescending way.
“[The elderly white woman] promptly began to lecture me. I cannot recall everything that was said, but I will never forget the way it made me feel – full of shame and judgment. I was afraid, and I was alone,” Estes also wrote. Roughly 3,000 of these phony women’s clinics are located in America.
The Supreme Court will ultimately decide at some point whether or not the nation’s crisis pregnancy centers will continue to have the right to mislead women on the basis of their rigid ideologies, which are not and should not be universally imposed on women with limited healthcare options.