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217 Today: Crisis pregnancy centers that use deceptive tactics could face legal battles

A nurse holds an ultrasound abdominal probe at a Crisis Pregnancy Center in Tennessee. Across the country, including in Illinois, the centers have been accused of deceiving pregnant patients.

Friday, March 31, 2023

Today’s headlines:

  • A severe weather threat is headed toward central Illinois on Friday night. 
  • Tensions were high at an Illinois Senate hearing this week as lawmakers debated a measure aimed at crisis pregnancy centers.
  • Governor J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday more than $197 million in federal grants to update freight train infrastructure statewide.
  • Hundreds of school children and families will descend on the University of Illinois this weekend to learn about the impact of science and technology on their lives.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn more about how Illinois lawmakers want to crack down on crisis pregnancy centers that use deceptive practices.

Reporting today contributed by Andrew Pritchard, Camryn Cutinello, Reginald Hardwick, and Mawa Iqbal.

Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson is a student at the University of Illinois studying journalism. At Illinois Public Media, Anderson works as a general assignment reporter and produces and hosts the 217 Today podcast.

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