by Steven Ertelt
May 23, 2005
St. Paul, MN (LifeNews.com) — A bill that would provide millions of dollars for abortion alternatives in Minnesota received final approval from the state legislature and now heads to Governor Tim Pawlenty, who will sign it.
On Monday the House voted 112-17 for the final version of the Positive Alternatives Act, which authorizes grants to pregnancy centers across the state. The Senate approved the measure Saturday on a 53-11 vote margin.
The bill would provide $2.5 million for such centers to help them fund health care, housing, child care, and medical expenses for women with unplanned pregnancies. Many women who opt for an abortion cite the lack of financial help and practical resources as a top women and lawmakers hope the bill will reduce abortions in Minnesota.
Groups that mention abortion can qualify for the grants as long as they don’t encourage abortion or refer women to abortion businesses.
Some of the funds would go to a statewide public education campaign to make young women aware of the pregnancy centers and the kinds of help they offer. The rest would go to the centers themselves.
The Minnesota Department of Health would administer the pregnancy center awareness program.
Scott Fischbach, director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, says that encouraging abortion alternatives is something both sides in the abortion debate should be able to support. He said many women have abortions because of a lack of financial and other resources that pregnancy centers can address.
Related web sites:
Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life – https://www.mccl.org