Friday, December 11, 2009

Montgomery County Considers CPC Regulation

The good news about CPC legislation is not restricted to Baltimore. While Marylanders celebrate the signing of the Baltimore CPC regulation, another measure is also under consideration as the Montgomery County Council evaluates a Board of Health Regulation requiring a disclaimer for certain pregnancy resource centers.

This regulation will ensure that women visiting a Montgomery County CPC that is not a medical facility are informed that the information provided is not intended to be medical advice and that she should consult with a health care provider before proceeding on a course of action regarding her pregnancy. Women seeking information about pregnancy, birth control, or abortion should be able to make informed decisions about which facility will best meet her needs. Many CPCs are not medical facilities, though they can give the impression that they offer the full range of services.

Last week, Council held a public hearing on the proposed regulation. Several pro-choice supporters testified including NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, Maryland NOW, Montgomery County NOW, and the Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force. A number of other organizations support this measure including Catholics for Choice, Equality Maryland, the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the National Council of Jewish Women, the National Women’s Law Center, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, the DC Abortion Fund, the Women’s Law Center of Maryland, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.

Read why this legislation is necessary in Eric Luedtke’s post at Maryland Politics Watch. Laura Meyers, president of Planned Parenthood of Metro Washington, also wrote a letter to the editor of the Washington Post explaining the need for this legislation.

The Health and Human Services committee will deliberate the issue on January 21. Stay tuned in to the happenings with this bill and our other campaigns by following our blog, Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter account.

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