Missouri Legislators Honor Work of Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 8, 2011   |   11:10AM   |   Jefferson City, MO

Put the Missouri legislature on the list of states where lawmakers have introduced measures honoring the work of pregnancy centers which, unlike Planned Parenthood, provide help for pregnant women.

Care Net and Americans United for Life, a leading pregnancy center network and a national pro-life group, commended the Missouri state House today for praising the work of pregnancy care centers.

Rep. Thomas Long introduced HB 1826 with more than 100 co-sponsors called a “Resolution Honoring Pregnancy Care Centers,” thanking the non-profit organizations throughout the state for their tremendous service to women, children, and the community. The resolution is based on a model drafted by Americans United for Life and Missouri is the seventh state this year to introduce such a resolution, which has been passed in four states – Arizona, Alabama, South Dakota, and West Virginia.

“Care Net praises pregnancy centers for getting noticed – there’s definitely a ‘buzz’ in the air about your good work,” said Care Net President Melinda Delahoyde. “In this era of state budget shortfalls, it’s organizations like pregnancy centers that help to hold our communities together, providing free services to help empower women and strengthen families.”

Delahoyde told LifeNews she appreciated the sponsors and AUL for their leadership on behalf of pregnancy centers, saying, “Care Net is grateful to those who continue to come alongside our movement to champion the quiet, life-saving work of pregnancy centers.”

Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life, added: “The praise that pregnancy centers are receiving for their life-affirming impact on the women, families, and communities they serve is well-deserved and long-overdue. We look forward to working with more states to adopt this important resolution and to further support the critical work of pregnancy centers.”

Pregnancy centers provide practical help and emotional support to empower those facing unplanned pregnancies to make an informed and life-affirming pregnancy decision. Care Net is a national organization supporting the work of 1,130 pregnancy centers in North America. On the other hand, Planned Parenthood’s own figures show a very small percentage of women who are pregnancy actually receive prenatal care as opposed to abortions.