Power Play

Baltimore Council Requires Clinics to Advertise When They Don't Offer Abortions

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore's City Council has passed a bill requiring pregnancy centers that do not provide abortions or birth control referrals to post signs saying so.

The measure passed Monday night is thought to be the first of its kind in the country. The Montgomery County Council is considering similar legislation.

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

Abortion opponents say the bill unfairly targets centers that provide good information and much-needed help for poor women.

Violators could face a $150 fine.

The bill next goes to the mayor for her signature.