On January 22nd we remembered the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in our nation. Roe v Wade ushered abortion into America, resulting in the loss of over 65 million human lives.
North Carolina Right to Life marks January 22nd as a time to remember all the lost babies and the plight of their mothers, but also as a time of resolve to ensure that this judicial tyranny never happens again. We celebrate that Roe v Wade was overturned on June 24th, 2022 with the Dobbs Decision.
NCRTL was at the March for Life this year talking to journalists and representing all of you, our supporters.
Two Pro-life Bills Passed!
We also celebrate two pro-life bills passed in the House of Representatives last Thursday, January 18th. These bills support women and their families, as well as pregnant and parenting students.
1) H.R. 6914 The Pregnant Students’ Rights Act
The Pregnant Students’ Rights Act would inform pregnant students that they have rights under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to prevent discrimination because of pregnancy. The bill would also ensure that pregnant students, as well as students who are caring for a baby after birth, receive information on resources available to help them. H.R. 6914 would also provide students with information on how to file a complaint with the institution of higher learning.
“Women deserve to know that they have support and resources when facing an unplanned pregnancy," said Dr. Bill Pincus, President of NCRTL. "That is why we are pleased that The Pregnant Students’ Rights Act gives much needed help to mothers who should never have to choose between education and giving birth to their child."
2) H.R. 6918 The Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Women and Families Act
The Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Women and Families Act would ensure that pregnancy centers are eligible for funding through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Nearly 3,000 pregnancy centers across the United States serve over 2 million clients each year, saving local communities millions of dollars by providing services at little to no cost. Many pregnancy centers provide limited obstetrical ultrasounds under a local doctor’s oversight as well as parenting classes. In addition, nearly all centers provide material assistance such as diapers, cribs, and car seats as well as practical help such as connecting a mother in need to local resources that can help her with housing or transportation.
The Biden Administration is currently proposing a rule to restrict federal funds from going to pregnancy centers in a number of states that direct funds to them through the TANF program. H.R. 6918 would prohibit the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from finalizing, implementing, or enforcing this or any similar rule-making that would restrict the use of TANF funds for pregnancy centers.
"We thank pro-life leaders for standing firm and pushing back against the agenda of pro-abortion advocates, who would stifle these measures," continued Dr. Pincus. “Abortion extremists do not have the true good of women or their children at heart, which is so evident when they vote against such bills. NCRTL commends our pro-life lawmakers and we stand strong in our support of legislation that helps pregnant mothers."