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Introduced in House (11/19/2013)


113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3539

To amend title X of the Public Health Service Act with respect to adoption and other pregnancy options counseling.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
November 19, 2013

Mr. Long introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To amend title X of the Public Health Service Act with respect to adoption and other pregnancy options counseling.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Adoption Promotion Act of 2013”.

SEC. 2. Adoption and other pregnancy options counseling.

Title X of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300a–1) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

“SEC. 1009. Adoption and other pregnancy options counseling.

“(a) Inclusion of adoption counseling.—The Secretary shall ensure that any pregnancy options counseling funded under this title includes adoption counseling.

“(b) Qualified counselors.—The Secretary shall ensure that any pregnancy options counseling funded under this title is provided by individuals who—

“(1) are licensed social workers or counselors in the States in which they practice; and

“(2) have knowledge and experience in adoption practice.

“(c) Training.—Any training provided to an individual under section 1003 shall include training on the adoption process.

“(d) Research.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Research funded under section 1004 shall include—

“(A) the collection of data on the number of pregnancy tests administered to individuals served by programs under this title and the results of those tests; and

“(B) the evaluation of the quality, consistency, and outcomes of pregnancy options counseling funded under this title.

“(2) RULE OF CONSTRUCTION.—Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to authorize the collection of personally identifiable information.”.