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Bill Spotlights Pregnancy Crisis Centers

Kent Kanouse, flickr
 

Kent Kanouse, flickr

Pro-choice lawmakers are backing a bill in the California Assembly that seeks to ensure pregnant women know they have access to abortions. 

The measure currently in the California Assembly would require pregnancy crisis centers in California to notify women they may be eligible for free or low-cost family planning, prenatal care and abortions. Supporters of the bill say the centers are often run by organizations that oppose abortion.

Democratic Assemblywoman Autumn Burke says the centers often attract women in low income or rural areas who may have limited health care options. 

"And when they have titles like Pregnancies Alternatives, they believe they are going to be given all of the alternatives," she says.

Heartbeat International runs a network of pro-life pregnancy resource centers, including several in California. In a statement the group says the bill is a "direct attack" and that lawmakers are "carrying the water for Big Abortion."