State lawmakers are in favor of keeping adoption agencies from applying for pregnancy help center status. Under legislation passed three years ago, women seeking an abortion must wait 72-hours and receive counseling at pregnancy help centers. Current law restricts abortion clinics from the help center designation.
Supporters of House Bill 1180 say women seeking an abortion need neutral counseling centers. The bill also requires pregnancy help centers to annually report licensed counselors to the Department of Health, which proponents say strengthens the counseling requirement.