In Maryland, crisis pregnancy centers, or CPCs, outnumber abortion clinics two to one and are often located near abortion providers, colleges and universities, and areas with high poverty rates and a lack of easy access to abortion services, according to an analysis of location data by Capital News Service.

CPCs are faith-based, often unlicensed, nonprofit medical clinics that advertise like they are abortion providers, but seek to deter women from considering abortion. For example, many Maryland CPCs prominently list abortion counseling as a service on their website, yet disclosures that they do not perform or refer for abortions are much harder to find.

CPCs provide free services, like ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, and baby clothes, which are attractive to the populations they situate themselves by, but researchers say patients may leave their offices knowing less about their pregnancy than when they walked in.


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