The measure prohibits misleading advertisements in print publications, online postings and public statements.
The proposal gives the Attorney General’s Office the power to seek a court order to stop faith-based institutions from handing out misleading information about abortions and other women’s services.
Aid in dying and the regulation of faith-based pregnancy centers are poised to return this legislative session.
As a constellation of states pass laws to restrict or ban abortion, CT lawmakers took aim Thursday at faith-based centers that deceive women seeking medical assistance for a pregnancy.
Legislative leaders said the lawsuit has fueled concerns about whether municipalities like Hartford have the ability to defend themselves against a constitutional claim.
The challenge to the local ordinance comes at the same time legislators are considering imposing similar rules on a statewide basis.
The legislature’s Public Health Committee green-lighted a measure Friday that would ban deceptive practices by the state’s so-called crisis pregnancy centers.
Supporters of the bill say it is needed because of deceptive advertising and other practices that often give women the misimpression that the centers are medically-based and offer abortion.