Warning about The Haven in Cambridge: bogus medical advice

“The Haven in Cambridge” recently set up shop at Citylife House, Sturton Street, Cambridge, CB1 2QF, offering “information about abortion, adoption and parenting and aim to equip you make an informed choice with regards to the future of your pregnancy” [1]

“The Haven in Cambridge” is one of many advice centres run by Care Confidential. Care Confidential is a Christian Evangelical organisation which opposes abortion under any circumstances. They are not in any way linked to the NHS, and they cannot refer you to an abortion provider. Nevertheless they have set up ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centres’ all over the UK. These centres are advertised in a way that implies that they can provide impartial counselling, accurate medical information, or a referral to an abortion provider, but they don’t provide any of these things. The people working at these centres often don’t have any medical qualifications, and they provide inaccurate and frightening medical information, with the goal of preventing abortion at all costs.

Feminist Action Cambridge believes that anyone considering an abortion should have access to accurate medical information and supportive, impartial counselling, should they need it.

If you need to get an abortion, or you are considering having an abortion and would like to talk to someone about it, you have a few options. You can go to your GP or to a family planning clinic and ask for a referral to an abortion provider. Or you can self-refer for an NHS-funded abortion by calling the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) Actionline on 08457 30 40 30.

Abortions are free on the NHS.

There is some more useful information here:
NHS choices: Where can I get abortion advice?

1. http://www.careconfidential.com/cambridge/Default.aspx

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6 Comments on “Warning about The Haven in Cambridge: bogus medical advice”

  1. Alexa says:

    Thanks for this- this is really great. Have added a link to this warning on our Need Help page. Im sure there are more care confidential set-ups around Cambridgeshire too, maybe we should dig them out and add them on?

  2. Alexa says:

    All of these are Care Confidential centres in Cambridgeshire and should be avoided:

    -Newmarket Pregnancy Support Centre [Unit 11, Studlands Park Avenue, Newmarket, CB8 7AU]

    -Ely Pregnancy Crisis Centre [Lighthouse Centre, 13 Lynn Road, Ely, CB7 4EG]

    -Options Pregnancy Advisory Centre Peterborough [Oundle Road Baptist Church, Oundle Road, Peterborough, PE2 9PB]

    -Cornerstone Pregnancy Crisis Centre Huntingdon [Suite 1, Graphic House, Ferrars Road, Huntingdon, PE29 3EE]

    I got this information from here: http://www.careconfidential.com/Centres.aspx
    In case anyone else wants to search their county for these centres and warn others.

  3. Alexa says:

    There are just so many of them all over the country- where are they getting the money to set up and run all of these?
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/aug/02/abortion-pregnancy-counselling-found-wanting
    http://politicalscrapbook.net/2011/08/newsnight-careconfidential-abortion/

  4. They registered as a charity on 4th May 2011 so no accounts are online yet. Their trustees are Dr Phillip James Clarke MD, Mrs Elaine Rosina Davis & Mr Howard Andrew Chapman

  5. kirstente says:

    Thanks for providing the links to other, more reliable sources of information and support.

    For me, the most important part of a feminist response to this is making sure that women seeking help from Care Confidential do get accurate advice and medical care, and signposting other services is part of that.


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