The website is called Real Choices and it’s aimed at women who have found themselves unexpectedly pregnant.
Sounds harmless. Helpful even.
There’s a picture of smiling men and women wearing white coats on its banner, alongside tabs offering useful-looking information labelled “resources” and “education”.
The site looks perfectly independent and non-biased — but on closer reading, it makes a series of startling claims with no credible scientific basis — including that “almost 10% of the incidence of all mental health problems in the community has been shown to be directly attributable to abortion”.
“For between 10-20% of women, the psychological impact of abortion is highly traumatic and affects their ability to function as they used to,” the website claims — adding that “the latest research” demonstrates abortion is corellated with a 155% increased risk of suicidal tendencies.
“Abortion is correlated to substantially increased risks of anxiety, depression, alcohol and drug use,” a pamplet hosted on its website also claims, as The Guardian reports.
Real Choices is just one of a slew of anti-abortion sites masquerading as unbiased “pregnancy advice services”. As The Guardian reports, another site called Pregnancy Help Australia suggests a link for abortion information that says women often suffer psychological trauma after abortions but are called “whiners” by “pro-abortion researchers”.
That site also incorporates a “fact sheet” presenting abortion as a decision made increasingly by women “because they felt they had no other choice”.
Another deceptive website, Pregnancy Helpline Queensland, says it’s “a free and confidential service with the sole aim of helping you make the decision that’s best for you with your unplanned pregnancy” — but the number listed on the website is that of the Priceless Life Centre, a Christian, pro-life organisation.
These tactics are alarmingly similar to those of the Australian Vaccination Skeptics’ Network, who until recently was able to deceptively market itself as a balanced source of credible health information under the name “Australian Vaccination Network” — a name they were recently forced to change.