|Bishops' Conference Official Praises Senate Introduction Of "Pregnant Women's Support Act"|
Bishops' Conference Official Praises Senate Introduction of "Pregnant Women Support Act"
WASHINGTON (December 14, 2007)—An official from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) praised Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) for introducing the Pregnant Women Support Act (S. 2407), a bill to provide resources and support to pregnant women.
"By providing practical resources and information, the bill will empower pregnant women to make healthy choices for themselves and their children, born and unborn," said Deirdre McQuade of the USCCB's Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities.
"The Pregnant Women Support Act is truly a common-ground initiative to reduce the number of abortions in the United States," Ms. McQuade said, "Everyone can agree that no woman should choose abortion under financial duress or because she is threatened by domestic violence during her pregnancy."
Ms. McQuade noted that S. 2407 includes "vital provisions supporting pregnant and parenting university students, a population particularly at risk for considering abortion."
The Pregnant Women Support Act will also ensure that pregnant women are not denied coverage by insurance companies; establish a toll-free number for resources during pregnancy and after birth; provide parenting education in maternity group homes; provide qualified new mothers with free home visits by registered nurses; and codify the current regulation allowing states to provide Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) coverage to unborn children and their mothers . It will also encourage adoption by expanding adoption credit and adoption assistance programs.
Representative Lincoln Davis (D-TN) and 35 co-sponsors introduced nearly identical legislation in the House (H.R. 3192) on July 26, 2007.
"Thanks to the courageous leadership of Representative Davis and Senator Casey, Congress has a long-overdue opportunity to help make abortion rare. We wholeheartedly support this constructive bill and urge the House and Senate to pass it for women, their families, and the common good," Ms. McQuade said.