Potential CPCs were identified through a series of internet searches, including reviews of five online directories maintained by national organizations that support CPCs, to create an unduplicated list of CPCs by state. The five organizations include:
- Care Net
- Heartbeat International
- National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA)
- Birthright International
- Ramah International
Centers were also identified through standard keyword searches and review of existing CPC maps. Each search and information about centers was independently verified.
Centers were eligible for inclusion if they were determined to be :
1) currently in business
2) a crisis pregnancy center
A center was categorized as currently in business if:
a) its address was listed on a live propriety domain, or
b) the center confirmed the address
A center was categorized as a CPC if:
a) it was identified through one of the search strategies, and
b) it advertised free pregnancy tests/testing and counseling on a live proprietary domain site or the center confirmed the availability of free pregnancy tests/testing
CPCs were categorized as providing pregnancy tests and information or limited medical services in addition to pregnant tests and information. CPCs that advertised free limited obstetric ultrasound services (excluding referrals) on a proprietary domain or confirmed the availability of free limited obstetric ultrasound services were categorized as providing limited medical services. Centers that provided free ultrasounds to any group were categorized as providing free ultrasounds, even if they didn’t provide this service for free to all clients. All other CPCs were categorized as providing pregnancy tests and information only. We excluded adoption agencies, maternity homes, and mobile clinics.
Although standard protocols were used, CPC Map is dependent on the accuracy of publicly available information about centers and their locations. Our first release of national CPC Map surveillance data was issued in 2018. The current data was issued in 2021 after we reimplemented all of our original protocols. Although we use crowd-sourced suggestions year round, the tool is not comprehensively updated constantly, and we cannot guarantee the completeness and accuracy of CPC Map.