Minnesota Positive Alternatives Program Helps 13,000 Women Avoid Abortions
by Steven Ertelt
August 25, 2010
St. Paul, MN (LifeNews.com) — The Minnesota Positive Alternatives program continues to meet the needs of increasing numbers of girls and women throughout the state seeking help in a difficult pregnancy situation or who may be considering abortion. That’s the report from the state’s health department.
The Minnesota Department of Health shows 13,037 women received services from the Positive Alternatives grant during the second grant cycle of the program, running from July 2008 through June 2010.
After four extremely successful years, Positive Alternatives has been established as one of Minnesotas most essential and successful programs for women, said Scott Fischbach, executive director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, the state’s pro-life gorup.
More people need to know how this program offers a lifeline to women in need every day across the state," he said.
More than 12,000 pregnant women were helped during the first two-year grant cycle, July 2006-June 2008. The latest numbers indicate that a growing number of women are finding help through Positive Alternatives grant recipients, such as pregnancy care centers.
Positive Alternatives was passed by the state legislature in 2005 with the support of MCCL and signed into law by pro-life Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Grants are given to life-affirming organizations offering essential services in the following areas: medical attention for the woman and the unborn child, nutritional services, housing assistance, adoption services, education and employment assistance, child care assistance, and parenting education and support services.
A total of 37 organizations received $4.75 million in two-year grants in 2006. The second round of grants totaling $4.7 million was awarded to 31 agencies in July 2008.
The new MDH statistics are a clear indication that Positive Alternatives is meeting the needs of thousands of women facing problem or unexpected pregnancies, says MCCL.
"Only the most extremist politicians, like failed candidates Ken Tschumper, Avi Viswanathan, Shelley Madore and Margaret Anderson Kelliher, have tried to deny women this life-affirming help from Positive Alternatives," Fischbach said.
Positive Alternatives passed with large bipartisan majorities in both the Minnesota Senate and House, and continues to enjoy overwhelming support across the state, Fischbach said.
Related web sites:
Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life – https://www.mccl.org
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