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News Warning About Crisis Pregnancy Centers

7/12/2022
  • Office of Sexual Health and Youth Development
  • Bureau of Community Health and Prevention
  • Department of Public Health

Massachusetts residents continue to have access to the full range of reproductive health services, including abortion. If you are pregnant and want to discuss all the options available to you in the state of Massachusetts, including abortion, it is highly recommended that you go to a trusted Sexual and Reproductive Health Program provider. These providers offer patient-centered counseling on all pregnancy options and will provide or refer you to the healthcare that best supports your personal decision.

Avoid crisis pregnancy centers (CPC): they are not reproductive health care clinics.

  • Avoid crisis pregnancy centers. While CPCs may appear to be reproductive healthcare clinics, they do not provide comprehensive reproductive healthcare services or counseling.
  • CPCs do not provide abortion care or abortion referrals, contraception, or other reproductive health care, despite what they may advertise. Prenatal care, emergency contraception, and abortion are time-sensitive services. 
  • CPCs often look like medical clinics and sometimes use tactics to delay your access to care, which may reduce or eliminate your options and ability to receive services. 

Where to go for reproductive health care, including abortion

  • There are nearly 80 licensed sexual and reproductive health providers funded by the Department of Public Health that are located throughout Massachusetts. Find the one nearest you at Sexual and Reproductive Health Service Locations. These health care providers offer comprehensive sexual and reproductive healthcare services including contraception, sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment, HIV testing, and pregnancy options counseling.  All services are provided on a sliding scale basis. Pregnancy options counseling services include referrals to prenatal care, referrals for adoption services, and abortion care or referrals to abortion care if not provided on-site. Services are available both in-person and via telehealth.
  • If you are a MassHealth member: MassHealth covers comprehensive sexual and reproductive healthcare services, including family planning, all methods of contraception, STI testing, treatment and counseling, pregnancy options and counseling, and medication and surgical abortion. It is easy to get these services and it is free. MassHealth and MassHealth health plans do not charge co-pays or deductibles for any of these services. You can call the customer service number on your MassHealth or health plan card and a customer service representative will help you find a provider of reproductive healthcare services, including abortion.
  • The Health Safety Net (HSN) also pays for sexual and reproductive healthcare services at hospitals and community health centers. You can call the Health Safety Net toll free number at 877-910-2100 if you have questions about available services or provider locations.  
  • Regardless of Payer: If you have already decided that you want to have an abortion, you can use the following list to find a health care provider: Hospital & Clinic Abortion Providers.

Learn more about how to protect yourself from false information and read the Attorney General Office’s warning statement. This website includes a link for making a complaint about a deceptive CPC to the Attorney General’s Office.

Key Actions for Warning About Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Office of Sexual Health and Youth Development 

Each year, we serve over 100,000 clients: youth in and out of school, people of all genders seeking sexual and reproductive health services, and parenting adolescents and their children.

Bureau of Community Health and Prevention 

BCHAP oversees a wide range of prevention programs that advocate for the health and safety of all people in Massachusetts.

Department of Public Health 

DPH keeps people healthy and communities strong. We promote the health and well-being of all residents by ensuring access to high-quality public health and healthcare services, focusing on prevention and wellness, and health equity for all.
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