National Advertising Division Refers Problem Pregnancy Center to the MA Attorney General and Social Platforms for Review

New York, NY – May 16, 2024 – In a challenge brought by The Lawyering Project, a reproductive rights organization, BBB National Programs’ National Advertising Division has referred advertising claims made by Problem Pregnancy, a crisis pregnancy center, to the Massachusetts Attorney General and social media platforms after the company failed to provide a substantive response to the National Advertising Division’s inquiry.

The following represent the claims that served as the basis for this inquiry.

Express Claims

  • “Seeking abortion? Facing an unexpected pregnancy? We’re here to help.”
  • “If you’re pregnant and considering abortion, visit Problem Pregnancy. Our center… provides confidential abortion consultations to help you make an informed decision about your pregnancy. Make an appointment at Problem Pregnancy to talk about your personal situation, discuss the abortion methods that may be available to you and get answers to any questions you may have. All abortion consultations are free and confidential.”
  • “Learn more about the abortion pill, abortion procedures, and all your pregnancy options…Be empowered. Make an informed choice.”

 

Implied Claims

  • Problem Pregnancy provides complete and accurate reproductive health information, including about abortion.
  • Problem Pregnancy supports a woman’s right to choose any and all lawful options for addressing an unintended pregnancy.
  • Problem Pregnancy provides the same services as Planned Parenthood centers.

 

The Lawyering Project argued that the challenged claims convey the misleading message that Problem Pregnancy will provide complete information about all reproductive care options, including abortion, when in fact they do not.  

Despite repeated outreach attempts, Problem Pregnancy did not submit a substantive response to NAD’s inquiry or participate in the self-regulatory process. Per NAD/NARB Procedures, NAD has referred this matter to the Massachusetts Attorney General and social media platforms for review and possible enforcement action.

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