Baltimore Council Approves Abortion, Birth Control Bill | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Baltimore Council Approves Abortion, Birth Control Bill

Play associated audio

By Natalie Neumann

Baltimore's city council is requiring pregnancy centers that don't perform abortions or provide birth control referrals to post signs saying so.

The measure is thought to be the first of its kind in the country, although similar legislation is under consideration in Maryland's Montgomery County.

Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake introduced the legislation after meeting with abortion-rights advocates who say some clinics provide inaccurate information, such as claims that abortions are connected to breast cancer and other problems.

But those opposed to the bill say it unfairly targets centers that provide good information and much-needed help for poor women.

Violators could face a $150 fine. The bill now goes to the mayor.

NPR

From Her Dad To Her 'Jamish' Roots, A Poet Pieces Her Story Together

Salena Godden grew up in 1970s England with a Jamaican mom and an absent English-Irish dad. In her memoir, Springfield Road, she looks back on her struggle to find her personal identity.
NPR

If You've Ever Looked For Faces In Your Potato Chips, Thank Myrtle Young

The Potato Chip Lady, aka Myrtle Young, died in August of this year. She was 90. Young became famous after showing her collection of unusually shaped chips to Tonight Show host Johnny Carson in 1987.
NPR

Tennessee's Medicaid Deal Dodges A Partisan Fight

An agreement between the Tennessee Hospital Association and Republican Gov. Bill Haslam expands Medicaid without tax dollars, an agreement that could be a blueprint for other states.
NPR

Die-In, Vortex, Selfie Stick: What's The Word Of 2014?

In January, members of the American Dialect Society will vote on the 2014 Word of the Year. Linguist Ben Zimmer runs through some contenders — including words both old and new.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.