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Evaluating the frequency of crisis pregnancy center visits among a population of patients seeking abortions in Los Angeles



      Studies have illustrated crisis pregnancy centers’ (CPC) disingenuous practices regarding abortion services. We evaluated the proportion of patients who visited a CPC before their abortion in Los Angeles.

      Study Design

      Patients attending one of two abortion clinics between July 2019 - March 2020 were recruited for a survey that examined patient characteristics and locations of care.


      Five hundred and eleven respondents participated (62% response rate). Less than one percent of individuals visited a CPC before their abortion. Fifty three percent of survey respondents obtained their abortion within one visit, 39% within two unique clinic visits, and eight percent visited three or more clinics.


      CPC visits before abortion were uncommon in our patient population.


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