Abortion AMA: Can I Get An Abortion At A Crisis Pregnancy Center?

“None of the medical policies and best practices that doctors go by and medical professionals go by, like the Hippocratic Oath, apply to an unlicensed medical center,” Heather Shumaker, Senior Counsel for Reproductive Rights and Health at the National Women’s Law Center, tells Bustle. “They’re not medical providers, so they’re not subject to the type of laws that medical providers are subject to.” These laws include the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), which protects patients’ personal information. So not only are CPC staff members untethered to the Hippocratic Oath — a vow physicians take that promises they will “respect hard-won scientific gains” and will “consider the benefit of patients and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous” — but they’re under no legal obligation to protect personal medical information provided to them by those who walk inside their clinics.