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Members of the King County Board of Health voted to pass a proposal today to require limited service pregnancy centers to post signs notifying consumers that they are not health care facilities. King County Council member Kathy Lambert was the only member to vote "no."
These clinics, also called crisis pregnancy centers, are controversial because some centers are operated by anti-abortion groups, members of which have reportedly given women medically inaccurate information and employed scare tactics. Currently, there are about 60 crisis pregnancy centers in Washington State, with about eight such centers operating in King County.
King County Council member Rod Dembowski, who chairs the county health board and sponsored the proposal, called today's vote "a major step forward" for women who may be in crisis. Seattle City Council member Lorena González says mandating these limited service pregnancy centers post these signs is a "critical public health issue."
"Transparency isn't burdensome, it's a requirement," González said.
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