Florida mothers and babies will continue to receive life-affirming support after Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Monday to fund pregnancy resource centers.
State House Bill 41 will support more than 100 pregnancy centers across Florida that provide free counseling, material support and sometimes STD testing and ultrasounds.
The AP reports Florida lawmakers have given about $4 million to support pregnant and parenting moms through pregnancy centers since 2006. The new law will make the Florida Pregnancy Support Services Program part of the annual budget.
Rebecca Klein, executive director of A Woman’s Choice in Lakeland, explained why the law is so important in an editorial for The Gainesville Sun last month.
“Every woman has a choice; this is an unavoidable truth,” she wrote. “So then, it is our desire to make sure that when facing an unplanned pregnancy, women are given an opportunity to make their choice equipped with all the information, support and help that they need to make the best choice possible.”
However, pro-abortion Democratic lawmakers opposed the law, and pro-abortion groups lobbied against it.
According to the AP:
Democrats argued that the state shouldn’t fund religious organizations or pregnancy centers that don’t provide a full range of services. …
Service providers can include faith-based organizations, but they can’t promote religious content nor use state money on other religious messages.
These likely are the same Democrats who support taxpayer funding for the abortion giant Planned Parenthood, which also fails to provide a full range of services. Pro-life politicians have been urging that funding be redirected from abortion groups to full-service community health clinics that provide prenatal care, mammograms and other important services that Planned Parenthood does not provide.
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While some pro-life pregnancy centers receive taxpayer funds, many do not; and all pregnancy centers are run primarily by volunteers and donations. Yet, unlike abortion facilities, pro-life pregnancy centers do not charge anything for the information and material support that they offer to pregnant and parenting mothers.
Thousands of pregnancy centers across the United States provide the support and encouragement that many women are seeking when faced with an unplanned pregnancy. They are saving thousands of babies’ lives and giving their mothers the hope and support that they deserve.