by Steven Ertelt
December 30, 2004
Lansing, MI (LifeNews.com) — Pro-abortion Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm signed a bill this week that would give practical help and referrals to pregnant women on college and university campuses.
The bill sets up a fund to make grants to the institutions to run programs that would help pregnant students find referrals for prenatal care, foster care, baby needs, adoption and other services that will help women find alternatives to abortion.
The legislation was inspired by Feminists for Life of America (FFLA), a pro-life group that helps show how abortion hurts women and presents better solutions for pregnant women.
"For too long women have been pressured — primarily by a lack of practical resources and emotional support — to choose between sacrificing their education and sacrificing their children," explains FFLA president Serrin Foster.
"Pregnant and parenting students deserve better information, resources and support," Foster explained. "This bill is a revolutionary step for women-and the country."
In most states across the country, college students and college-aged women have the highest abortion rates. Most universities provide no help for pregnant students and some colleges will pay for abortions in their university health plans but not for prenatal care or delivery.
Foster said she hopes the legislation will be a model for other states to use.
The bill mandates that the programs not make abortion referrals. The program debuts at two universities and on two community college campuses.
Private donations will fund the program for the first two years and, if found successful, the Michigan legislature may support it with state funds.
The Michigan Senate passed the bill 26-8 the House voted 99-0 in support of the legislation. Both votes came earlier this month.