State Politics

Anti-abortion counseling centers could get more money from NC lawmakers

Senate Republicans have once again increased the amount of money in their budget to fund anti-abortion counseling clinics.

The General Assembly has budgeted that money over the past several years. This year’s proposed budget would increase the funding from $300,000 to $400,000.

The money goes to the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship, which is an umbrella group for “crisis counseling centers.” The centers say they provide information to women and teenagers who are conflicted about their pregnancies.

Abortion-rights groups criticize the counseling centers for inaccurate and misleading information.

The Fellowship distributes proceeds from the state’s “Choose Life” license plate sales to dozens of counseling centers across the state.

The ACLU sued North Carolina over the 2011 law making that license plate available.

Last year a federal appeals court reversed its earlier ruling and said North Carolina could offer a “Choose Life” plate without offering a plate expressing the opposing viewpoint. In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court sent the case back to the appeals court to reconsider its ruling in light of a ruling in a Texas case.

Craig Jarvis: 919-829-4576, @CraigJ_NandO