Democrats Seek Oversight of Crisis Pregnancy Centers

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A group of Democratic lawmakers is calling for greater oversight of state-funded crisis pregnancy centers.

The lawmakers say the centers may be misleading or deceiving women to discourage them from undergoing abortions.

The lawmakers, including state representative Jessica Farrar of Houston, are pushing several bills that would create licensing standards for the facilities and penalties for providing inaccurate medical information.

Crisis pregnancy centers have been on lawmakers' minds since 2005.

That's when the Texas Legislature earmarked five million dollars of the state's family planning budget to groups that promote childbirth over abortion.

There are more than 2,300 centers across America and about 180 in Texas.

They typically offer counseling, pregnancy tests and assistance with baby clothes, cribs and other items new mothers need. Most centers are staffed by volunteers.