Lawmaker reintroduces bill targeting crisis pregnancy centers


WASHINGTON, D.C. — A U.S. Senator who claims that crisis pregnancy centers mislead women on abortion risks and alternatives has reintroduced a bill on Capitol Hill that would place additional regulations on the agencies.

Introduced by Sen. Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, the bill, called the "Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women's Services Act" would establish rules to prohibit deceptive advertising.

Abortion centers across the country have long accused pregnancy centers of false advertising, claims that center operators vehemently deny.

One of the accusations includes listing the centers under the heading of abortion services in phone directories.

"This is the same old tired ranting from the abortion lobby," Tom Glessner, an attorney with the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, told

He said abortion advocates "get hysterical about the effective work of pro-life agencies that are taking away business (and money) from them by providing alternatives to abortion."