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Baltimore Council Approves Abortion, Birth Control Bill

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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.

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