: News

Filed Under:

Baltimore Requires Requires Faith-Based Pregnancy Centers To Advertise Services

Play associated audio

By Cathy Duchamp

Baltimore Jan. 1 becomes the first city in the country to require faith-based crisis pregnancy centers to post signs about the services they offer, and those they don't.Montgomery County, Maryland may follow suit.

In Baltimore they're called Crisis Pregnancy Centers. Montgomery County calls them "limited service pregnancy centers." In both cases, they're non-profits established by pro-life supporters. They provide pregnancy tests and counseling.

As of Friday, four of the centers in Baltimore will be required to post signs in English and Spanish that they don't provide birth control information or referrals for abortions. Supporters call it truth in advertising. Critics call it harassment. The Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore has threatened to sue to stop the law from taking effect, but so far, there's been no action.

Montgomery County meantime is considering a resolution that would require limited service pregnancy centers there to tell clients that they don't provide medical advice.

Both the Baltimore and Montgomery County plans are backed by Planned Parenthood and opposed by Maryland Right to Life.

NPR

'We're Mostly Republicans': New Hampshire Voters Explained By 'Our Town'

After NPR's Bob Mondello used The Music Man to help explain the Iowa caucuses, he wished there was a musical of Our Town so he could do the same for New Hampshire. It turns out there is one.
NPR

Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business

For the first time, companies can apply to set up fish farms in U.S. federal waters. The government says the move will help reduce American dependence on foreign seafood and improve security.
WAMU 88.5

What's Behind Trends In U.S. Violent Crime Rates

FBI data suggest there was a slight uptick in violent crime in the first half of last year, but overall violent crime rates in the U.S. have dropped dramatically over the last twenty years. What led to the long-term decline, and why do some say it’s likely to continue?

WAMU 88.5

Blocked: Twitter's Role In Combating Violent Extremism

Over the course of seven months, Twitter has suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts.

Leave a Comment

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