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Pregnancy center bill dies in committee

Post by Maks Goldenshteyn on Feb. 4, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
February 4, 2010 4:49 pm

A bill that would have forced the state’s limited-service pregnancy centers to be more transparent about its services and to provide clients with information that is “medically and scientifically accurate” appears to have died in committee this morning after lawmakers decided not vote on the measure.

The cutoff for Senate policy bills to pass out of committee is Friday at 5 p.m.

The state’s 46 limited-service pregnancy centers – many of them faith-based and run by volunteers – offer free pregnancy tests and counseling to women who think they may be pregnant, along with reproductive health information.

Senate Bill 6452 would have forced the centers to disclose that they don’t provide abortions, birth-control services, referrals for abortions or prenatal care. It would have also forced the centers to protect the privacy of clients and to provide written results of pregnancy tests immediately after they become available.

Opponents of the bill said it would impinge on the First Amendment rights of those involved with the centers. And they say they new rules could have shut down some of the centers.

Those who support the legislation are concerned the centers aren’t completely forthcoming about their anti-abortion stance and are giving clients false medical information.

A companion bill died in committee on Tuesday at the  House deadline for policy proposals.

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