Nearly 200 anti-abortion, fake women’s health centers operate in Florida. Women facing unintended pregnancies are tricked into entering these fake clinics, thinking they are going to get real medical care and unbiased counseling. Instead, they get false or misleading information about what services are offered and are denied needed referrals for reproductive health care. They are shamed for considering abortion and are supplied misinformation about abortion and contraception. Staff and volunteers use tactics to delay a woman’s decision so that abortion becomes more expensive or out of reach. To confuse women even more, these fake clinics often locate themselves beside actual women’s health care providers and deceptively use words like “Choices” or “Women’s Care” in their names.
A new, ill-conceived Florida law, pushed through by anti-abortion legislators and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott, attempts to validate fake clinics by funding them through a state contract with the Florida Department of Health (DOH).