California bill compels abortion notice at pregnancy centers

May 26, 2015 5:20 PM by News Staff

Crisis pregnancy centers in California would have to tell visitors that abortion is an option under legislation approved by the state Assembly.

AB775 advanced Tuesday over Republican objections that it would violate free speech protections.

The bill responds to reports of misinformation at pregnancy centers that are opposed to abortion.

Pregnancy centers would have to post notices saying that reproductive health services including abortion are available to pregnant women. They would also have to disclose if they are not medically licensed.

Republican lawmakers say the provisions amount to compelling private groups to spread government messages. The bill's Democratic authors, Autumn Burke of Inglewood and David Chiu of San Francisco, say women should know all options for pregnancy.

The legislation heads to the Senate after passing on a 46-25 party-line vote.

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