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Chapel Hill calls on legislators to promote unbiased crisis pregnancy centers

Chapel Hill’s town council has adopted a resolution calling on the General Assembly to promote unbiased medical information for pregnant women, free of what it calls the intimidation and harassment in “crisis pregnancy centers” – organizations that attempt to persuade women not to have abortions.

The resolution was praised by NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina. An investigation in 2011 by the state chapter indicated that many crisis pregnancy centers in the state coerce young women into giving birth through deceptive tactics, under the guise of offering impartial counseling.

The investigation found the number of such clinics in North Carolina has ballooned to 122.

“This is a win for women,” Suzanne Buckley, NARAL North Carolina’s executive director, said in a statement released Tuesday. “… Regardless of where you stand on the issue of legal abortion, we can all agree that no one should be misled about their health-care options.”

The call for the General Assembly to begin promoting more neutral counseling centers is not likely to get anywhere. This is a legislature that last session tried to make abortions harder to get, and tried to fund the crisis pregnancy centers with money from purchase of “Choose Life” license plates. Both attempts have been blocked by the courts.

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