Healthy and Free Tennessee envisions a future where all Tennesseans are healthy, have privacy, and are empowered to make the best decisions for themselves and their communities, within their own moral and faith traditions and have access to the resources they need to make informed choices about all facets of their lives--particularly their reproductive and sexual lives--without stigma or discrimination. We know that we have a long way to go to make this vision reality.
From new restrictive anti-abortion legislation creating barriers to care--to the lack of comprehensive sex education in TN schools--to the need and desire of many Tennesseans to have expanded access to alternative birthing options including home birth, midwifery and full-spectrum doula care--to laws that threaten to jail pregnant women struggling with drug abuse rather than provide treatment and support for them and their families--to antiquated policies that treat individuals living with HIV as weapons rather than people--to LGBTQ individuals struggling to find competent, informed, and welcoming health care providers across the state...we have a long way to go and many stories and experiences to share about what we've lived, what needs to change, what we've succeeded in changing, and how we can build our vision together. Healthy and Free Tennessee is partnering with the Tennessee Stories Project to collect and share stories of real people, struggling against real barriers to care and wellness in our state.
If you want to share another personal story about lack of reproductive or sexual health care access or a violation of your reproductive or sexual rights, we want to hear about it, too: firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you email us, we'll be back in touch with you about how you'd best like to see your story shared more broadly--whether through blog post, HFTN community newsletter, letter to editor of a local paper, or delivery to your lawmakers. Your e-mail and other contact information will never be shared publicly without your permission.
Please share your abortion stories with us today!
For decades, fake women's health centers or "crisis pregnancy centers" have attempted to deceive, shame, and coerce pregnant people by pretending to be legitimate clinics providing medical services. These fake health centers use deceptive websites and advertising practices, set up shop next to real clinics using nearly identical names, and give evasive answers when asked about their services.They do these things to lure people considering abortion through their doors -- but the impacts can be devastating for all of their "clients," whether they decide to continue or end a pregnancy.
In many states, fake women's health centers outnumber licensed clinics that offer women the full range of healthcare options, including abortion. And these fake clinics advertise that they provide pregnancy-related healthcare services -- except they are not truthful about the what they do, services they actually provide, and their goal to intentionally deceive pregnant women and families.
Have you had an experience with a fake women's health center where they lied to you about healthcare? Would you be willing to share your personal story? Speak out against these fake women's health centers and share your experience.