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Anti-Abortion Group’s Data Trove Represents ‘Serious Concern’ Post Roe

Heartbeat International collects data from ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ that try to convince women not to get an abortion

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Heartbeat International, an Ohio-based nonprofit, has spent years collecting data on pregnant women to develop better ways to make sure women carry pregnancies to term and to persuade them from getting an abortion.

Based in Columbus, it says that it provides support services to the world’s largest network of “pro-life pregnancy resource centers,” which are also known as crisis pregnancy centers. Such facilities often misrepresent that they provide options for reproductive health services and instead are focused on preventing abortions.

Heartbeat also offers a hotline and website for “abortion pill reversal,” a procedure that medical authorities say is unproven and potentially dangerous. Medication abortion is a two-pill course, and Heartbeat seeks to persuade women who contact them from taking the second pill.