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Pregnant Women Support Act is Encouraging

Posted by thelamp on September 28, 2006

A bill intended to reduce abortions by helping women in difficult circumstances was introduced last week in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Lincoln Davis, D-Tenn., unveiled the Pregnant Women Support Act on the heels of a similar proposal, the Reducing the Need for Abortion and Supporting Parents Act, which was introduced by Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, earlier this month.

The difference between the two proposals is that the Pregnant Women Support Act concentrates on assisting pregnant women and avoids the disputed issue of funding contraception. This is a bill pro-life supporter’s can and should endorse.

The bill includes 14 provisions calling for expanding coverage to pregnant women and unborn children through Medicaid and state-sponsored children’s insurance programs. The bill also seeks to make obtaining health care coverage easier for pregnant women by removing pregnancy from health insurance companies’ “pre-existing condition” lists. Davis’ proposal also would provide grants for low-income parents studying in college – the time when many unplanned pregnancies occur. Free home visits by registered nurses for new mothers would be allowed, if the bill becomes law.

Politics, though, could be a barrier to the bill’s passage. The bill has 26 co-sponsors who are both Democrats and Republicans.

Remember, to be morally consistent, sometimes Christians must be politically unpredictable. In other words, good public policy can come from either political party. The Center for Moral Clarity doesn’t look at legislation through Republican lenses nor through the eyes of Democrats. Pastor Rod Parsley, founder and president, encourages CMC members to be “Christocrats.”

To that end, it is encourageing when partisan politcis take a backseat to righteousness.

Click here to send an e-mail to your Member of Congress, asking him or her to support the Pregnant Women Support Act. It’s the Christian thing to do.


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