Missouri Gov. Mike Parson Signs Bill Sending $6 Million to Centers Saving Babies From Abortion

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jul 7, 2020   |   12:09PM   |   Jefferson City, MO

Missouri lawmakers just dedicated $6.46 million in their new state budget to support mothers who choose life for their babies.

Last week, pro-life Republican Gov. Mike Parson signed the budget, which includes funding for the state Alternatives to Abortion Program.

The program supports pregnant and parenting mothers and babies through pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes in the state. These organizations provide free services, including pregnancy tests and prenatal care, counseling and job training, diapers and cribs, clothing and food, temporary shelter and more to families in need.

On Monday, Campaign Life Missouri thanked Parson for looking out for the most vulnerable Missourians: unborn babies, mothers and their families.

“All across Missouri, pregnant moms, unborn babies and their families – along with numerous Missouri pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes – are celebrating the gift of Life!” spokesman Samuel H. Lee said. “Despite having to make difficult budget decisions because of the current economic downturn, Gov. Parson made no vetoes or withholds of funding for this very important pro-life program.”

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For years, Missouri lawmakers have been increasing support for needy families. In 2018 and again in 2019, state lawmakers also set aside about $6.5 million for the pro-life program, according to Campaign Life Missouri. They budgeted additional funds for the “Show-Me Healthy Babies” program, the state children’s health insurance program that provides health care coverage for lower income children who are not eligible for Medicaid.

State lawmakers also have been trying to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion chain of state taxpayer dollars. However, the abortion chain sued, and, last week, the Missouri Supreme Court struck down the law.

ACTION: Contact Gov. Mike Parson to thank him.