Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jan 19, 2024 / 05:00 am
The House of Representatives passed a resolution to maintain funding for pro-life pregnancy resource centers Thursday amid efforts within President Joe Biden’s administration to deny the facilities funding under a federal assistance program.
The resolution, sponsored by Rep. Michelle Fischbach, R-Minnesota, would prohibit the Department of Health and Human Services from stripping funds from the centers, which offer support for pregnant women and mothers who are in crisis pregnancies as an alternative to abortion. The resolution would thwart a proposed HHS rule change that would prohibit the facilities from accessing funds through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.
Republicans overwhelmingly supported the resolution, titled the Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Women and Families Act, arguing that the facilities provide much-needed help to pregnant women. Alternatively, House Democrats, who claimed that the facilities provide false information about abortion, opposed the bill. It faces an uphill battle in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
“Make no mistake, conservatives are here for unborn babies and their mothers,” Fischbach said on the House floor before the vote.