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Anti-abortion centers would receive state funding in Senate budget

An umbrella group of anti-abortion centers in North Carolina would receive $250,000, under the budget the Senate approved Wednesday.

Sometimes known as crisis pregnancy centers, abortion-rights advocates claim they provide misleading information and coerce vulnerable young women. Representatives of the group, Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship, told The N&O in 2011 that its centers work hard to provide factual, impartial help to teenagers and women who are conflicted about their pregnancies.

The N&O reported at the time there were eight times as many anti-abortion centers in North Carolina as there were abortion clinics. The umbrella group was supposed to receive money from the purchase of “Choose Life” license plates the legislature approved in 2011, but a federal judge barred it because the state didn’t offer plates with alternate viewpoints.

NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina investigated the centers in 2011 and reported finding incidents of the centers misinforming patients.

“Our lawmakers have a responsibility to protect women and families in our state by supporting programs that offer comprehensive, unbiased reproductive-health information,” said Suzanne Buckley, executive director of the state chapter, in a statement. “Crisis pregnancy centers do the opposite.”

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