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Anti-Abortion Pregnancy Centers Are Collecting Troves of Data That Could Be Weaponized Against Women // TIME

June 22, 2022 News Article

Twelve states funnel up to $8 million in taxpayer money every year to pregnancy centers, according to a 2021 report from Equity Forward, a reproductive-rights research firm; Texas provides much more than that: $50 million a year.

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They Searched Online for Abortion Clinics. They Found Anti-Abortion Centers // The New York Times

June 22, 2022 News Article

Using Google ads and the promise of free services, Human Coalition, a Texas nonprofit, intercepts women across the country who want to end their pregnancies and tries to stop them.

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People in abortion deserts will be at extra risk of anti-abortion center manipulation if Roe falls // Prism

June 13, 2022 News Article

“We really have to ask ourselves, why are we funding deception and corruption when we can be funding things such as direct financial support for people who are parents, who are pregnant, and also why are we spending money on these programs that deliberately mislead people about abortion?”...

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Google Is (Still) Directing People to Misleading Anti-Abortion Centers // Gizmodo

June 11, 2022 News Article

Because they’re not actual health clinics, Underwood says they also represent a major privacy concern. “Anti-abortion centers are able to obtain private medical information...but they aren’t actually bound by medical privacy laws” like HIPAA, she said.

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New Report Reveals Six 'Sinister' Tactics of Extremist Anti-Abortion Centers// Ms. Magazine

April 27, 2022 News Article

“The anti-abortion center network has developed, deployed and replicated an aggressive scheme of sinister tactics targeting people looking for abortion care and instead drive them to their centers,” said Equity Forward director  Molly Bangs.

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Attorneys for Equity Forward, Real Alternatives make their arguments in court over open records// Pennsylvania-Capital Star

March 7, 2022 News Article

In her opening statement, Mutchler argued that Equity Forward is seeking greater transparency from Real Alternatives, a state contractor, to better understand how Pennsylvania taxpayer dollars are being spent by the entity. 

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Court case could impact transparency, public scrutiny of certain organizations that get state funding // 90.5 WESA

March 2, 2022 News Article

Miller explains that Equity Forward is seeking documentation to find out how state funds provided to Real Alternatives is being spent and if it’s leaving the state. She reports that Equity Forward is looking to review “secondary agreements between Real Alternatives and its service provider...

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Court date set for watchdog group, anti-abortion group in years-long battle for records // Penn Capital-Star

February 28, 2022 News Article

While documents shed some light on Real Alternatives’ operations, Equity Forward is continuing its legal battle with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, the state entity which oversees Real Alternatives, appealing a prior court decision to block Equity Forward from reviewing secondary...

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Anti-abortion movement's big plan: Supercharged "crisis pregnancy centers" and data harvesting | Salon.com

February 12, 2022 News Article

Molly Bangs, director of the reproductive rights group Equity Forward, says that as anti-abortion state politicians replicate "Alternatives to Abortion" initiatives across the country, "we are repeatedly and widely seeing the most concerning aspects of these programs." Chief among those concerns...

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Millions in tax dollars flow to anti-abortion centers in US | AP News

February 5, 2022 News Article

The Campaign for Accountability, a Washington-based watchdog organization, has launched multiple complaints against Real Alternatives, including allegations that the group failed to meet its own goals and misspent taxpayer money.

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