Targeting Young People: A State-Wide Analysis Describing Location of Crisis Pregnancy Centers throughout Georgia and Around High Schools and Colleges/Universities

      Purpose: Young people require access to quality sexual and reproductive health information and services to protect and maintain their health. In 2016, Georgia signed into law a program to publicly fund crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs). CPCs, also called “pregnancy resource centers,” have a mission of promoting childbirth among pregnant women. Most U.S. CPCs are affiliated with national anti-abortion organizations that also have policies against providing or promoting contraceptives. CPCs have long been criticized for deceptive practices and providing false and misleading health information. Many particularly target young people and minorities, but no study has examined the location of CPCs at the state-level or around schools. The aims were to enumerate CPCs in Georgia, describe characteristics of counties in which CPC were located, and compare proximity and clustering of CPCs and publicly-funded family planning clinics (FPCs) around public high schools and public and private colleges/universities.
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