City Council OKs Bill Mandating Pregnancy-Center Disclosure

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York City Council passed a bill Wednesday that would force pregnancy counseling centers to disclose whether they provide abortions, emergency contraception and prenatal care.

Advocates including Speaker Christine Quinn said the landmark legislation targeted deceptive practices in centers run by anti-abortion groups attempting to dissuade women from ending their pregnancies.

“The goal of this bill is to ensure that women are fully informed and not deceived when they are walking into offices that present themselves as medical offices when they are not,” Quinn told reporters including 1010 WINS Senior Correspondent Stan Brooks.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports from Quinn’s  news conference

The bill would force any center that looks like a medical facility or provides ultrasounds, sonograms or prenatal care to include the abortion information in its advertising and on signs in its entrances and waiting rooms. The centers also would need to give the information verbally whenever asked in person or over the phone about those services.

The measure is expected to spark a court challenge. Opponents say it infringes on their right to free speech.

Quinn said the measure was not an effort to close down the centers, but about what she called truth in advertising. Quinn also believes the measure would withstand any legal challenge.

“We just want them to be honest and to say what their services are and not to deceive women and make women believe based on all logical information that they are in a doctor’s information when they are not.

The mayor is expected to sign the measure.

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  • VLF1964

    Excellent news – it is about time these clinics were held accountable for their blatant dishonesty.

  • Eileen

    They’re being very deceptive – they want to CLOSE these life-saving places down!! Let’s pray that it doesn’t happen. Babies’ lives are at stake!! Also, Planned Parenthood will lose big money!

  • B Bailey

    Fascinating. These clinics will inform a woman about what has been created via ultrasound… and all I have known WILL refer any who decide to have an abortion to those who will proved. Yet those who are chalenging this will NOT agree to have women have an ulytrasound and info about what is being aborted. That goes completely contrary to what is held up in all other aspects of our life which is that the only real choice is an informed choice. It would be much easier to accept the voices that advocate for choice if they would accept having a women know what she is considering before she does so. It would help limit so many woman who later become pregnant again…. and discover what is at hand… and realize what they had done in the past.

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