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Aug. 12, 2020

BJP NYC 06: Fake Clinics: How Crisis Pregnancy Centers Coerce People to Give Birth with Elizabeth Estrada


Season 1 Episode 6 features an interview with Elizabeth Estrada ( commonly known as Eli) - a Mexican immigrant organizer based in the Bronx working on reproductive justice in New York City and State. In this episode we discuss fake clinics, also known as crisis pregnancy centers.

We do a deep dive into how fake clinics are intentionally confusing and coercing people to give birth by creating barriers and detours, as well as providing misinformation to people who are looking to learn about and access abortion.


Elizabeth Estrada Bio:
Elizabeth Estrada serves as the New York Field and Advocacy Manager at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice. Previously, she served as the Civic Engagement Manager where she worked to raise the voices of Latinas nationally for policy change at all levels of government on issues that impact people's reproductive freedom and self-determination. Elizabeth immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico at the age of 4, where she remained undocumented until age 13. She began as a Sexual and Reproductive Health “Promotora” for the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Elizabeth has had the honor of organizing hundreds of women on reproductive justice in her 10 years of grassroots organizing experience.


References During the Episode:

  • Reach out to Eli to get involved in the fight against fake clinics in The Bronx and throughout NY State email: newyork@latinainstitute.org
  • Pro Truth New York: a coalition of reproductive health, rights, and justice advocates, policy makers, and service providers, united to fight fake abortion clinics
  • Expose Fake Clinics: a national initiative created to tell the truth about manipulative, fake reproductive health centers
  • Advocates for Youth: where Eli first shared her abortion story via their 1in3 campaign.
  • Yo Te Apoyo: a campaign from Latina Institute to destigmatize abortion, and shift the culture to one of compassion and dignity.
  • Renee Bracey Sherman: award winning reproductive justice activist and writer with expertise in public abortion storytelling and ending abortion stigma
  • Lifting Latina Voices Initiative at the Feminist Women's Health Center in Atlanta, GA
  • Legislation for a research board to measure impact of fake clinics: NYS Assembly passed the LSPC Study Bill (A.8212) on 7/21. It authorizes the Commissioner of Health to conduct a study and issue a report examining the unmet health and resource needs facing pregnant women in New York and the impact of limited service pregnancy centers

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Elizabeth Estrada

New York Field and Advocacy Manager

Elizabeth Estrada serves as the New York Field and Advocacy Manager at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice. Previously, she served as the Civic Engagement Manager where she worked to raise the voices of Latinas nationally for policy change at all levels of government on issues that impact people's reproductive freedom and self-determination. Elizabeth immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico at the age of 4, where she remained undocumented until age 13. She began as a Sexual and Reproductive Health “Promotora” for the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Elizabeth has had the honor of organizing hundreds of women on reproductive justice in her 10 years of grassroots organizing experience.