An anti-abortion organization called Save the Storks has launched a new way to hinder access to reproductive care. Stork Mobile Medical Units (MMU) are fake women’s health centers on wheels. CRAZY? We know. These vans that are fully equipped with non-medical staff and proceed to spread fake information to pregnant people that are trying to make decisions about their own bodies.
These vans travel all around the country, parking themselves on college campuses, fairs, and even right in front of legitimate abortion clinics. There are more than 30 MMUs around the United States, with more to be launched in the coming year. What we're saying is we don't think you'll get quality health care information in a sketchy van so please don't get in a van with a stranger. However, if you see one let us know on social media by posting a picture of the van and where you saw it. Don't forget to use the hashtag, #GramTheVan
Also, be sure to check out our latest blog post on these vans here.
In the Media
NY times article form 2013 talking about CPC's and their coercive & deceptive vans parked around cities - mention that it's a tactic to expand & promote anit-choice rhetoric
Huffington Post article from 2018 detailing John Oliver's take down of CPCs on wheels & highlighting LPJL's action of painting the yellow brick road in Hartford, CT
Feministing article from 2012 talking about the "guerilla tactics" of the anti-choice movement including the van
Ultrasounds & the Anti-Choice Movement
Salon/Dame article from 2015 describing ultrasounds as a tactic to limit women's reproductive rights
From the Guttmacher Institute: information on ultrasound legislation
Atlantic article from 2017 looking at the history and politics of the ultrasound
From the NARAL Pro Choice America website: information on Forced Ultrasounds