Status: HB 1366 passed out of committee, but did not make it to the House floor for a vote.
This bill addressed problems associated with limited service pregnancy centers (also known as crisis pregnancy clinics). Women, often low-income and without health insurance, go to these centers seeking medical care and unbiased counseling about pregnancy options. Instead, they get false or misleading information about reproductive health care, their pregnancy test results are withheld, and they are denied needed referrals for reproductive health care, including abortions. At least 46 such centers are operating in Washington.
The measure required these pregnancy centers to provide accurate information about the services they provide, to deliver pregnancy test results immediately, and to protect the privacy of health care information collected from people seeking services. The ACLU worked with Planned Parenthood, Legal Voice, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, NOW, and others to gain passage of the bill. However, very vocal opposition from anti-choice forces prevented it from advancing.
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