A startling new expose in the Washington Post details anti-choice “counseling” center’s despicable new tactics to trick women out of exercising their right to choose

CONTACT: Anna Scholl, anna@progressva.org, (540-460-1269), Alena Yarmosky, alena@naralva.org, (240-595-2972)

Women’s health advocates today expressed disgust and anger in the wake of an expose in the Washington Post detailing shocking new tactics by Manassas crisis pregnancy center AAA Women for Choice.

According to the column from Petula Dvorak, through a series of deceptive dealings, AAA Women for Choice used a front group shell company to purchase Amethyst Center for Women, an abortion provider. The crisis pregnancy center then rerouted Amethyst’s web address and phone number while continuing to run Google ads advertising abortion. AAA Women for Choice quickly established a documented pattern of failing to inform women trying to reach Amethyst to schedule an abortion that AAA Women for Choice is not a medical office, does not provide abortions, and will not provide a referral to an abortion provider. In some cases, AAA Women for Choice inquired as to women’s medical history, still without disclosure of their services and true agenda.

Women’s health advocates quickly condemned the tactics and called on AAA Women for Choice to immediately cease any attempts to deceive women:

“We are incredibly disturbed by this new report,” said Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. “Virginia crisis pregnancy centers have a well-documented history of lying to Virginia women, but it is unthinkable that they would go as far as to impersonate an abortion provider in order to dupe women seeking unbiased, accurate medical care. This is more than unethical – it is a public health threat. If AAA Women of Choice really cares about the health and well-being of Virginia women, they will stop these deceptive, despicable tactics immediately. In the meantime, we are urging all Manassas women to avoid calling any phone number associated with AAA Women for Choice or the former Amethyst Women’s Health Center.”

“Women seeking medical advice deserve accurate, unbiased information, not lies and deception,” said Progress Virginia Education Fund executive director Anna Scholl. “AAA Women for Choice’s tactics are absolutely reprehensible. Regardless of how you feel about abortion, we can all agree that tricking and deceiving women is unacceptable. We’re calling on AAA Women for Choice to immediately put a stop to these sleazy tactics and come clean with women regarding their true agenda.”

This is not the first time AAA Women for Choice has lied to and deceived Virginia women. In a 2013 undercover investigation conducted by NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, AAA Women for Choice was caught on tape telling a woman that condoms are “naturally porous” and do not protect against STIs, and that women who have taken the birth control bill have an increased risk of breast cancer – false according to the American Cancer Society. More information and the full audio file can be found here.

The Washington Post report by Petula Dvorak can be found online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/how-abortion-opponents-secretly-bought-a-virginia-abortion-clinic/2016/02/04/08a3b1c4-c4f5-11e5-8965-0607e0e265ce_story.html

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