Resolution Passes to Oppose False Reproductive Advice
In a unanimous vote Monday night, Chapel Hill became the first town in the Southeast to approve a resolution opposing deceptive practices in women’s reproductive health care.
The resolution was written by NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina, an abortion rights activist group.
NARAL presented the resolution to the Chapel Hill Town Council in response to concerns about crisis pregnancy centers — or family planning organizations that provide alternatives to abortion.
The resolution calls for the N.C. General Assembly to legally rein in centers’ practices considered misleading, such as telling pregnant clients that abortion poses risks to their health.
According to a 2011 NARAL study, there are 122 crisis pregnancy centers in North Carolina.
In an interview before the vote, Councilman Jim Ward said the resolution is meant only to show the town’s support for accuracy in women’s health care.