At press conference, pro-life leaders pledge their support for bills Helping Women and Families, Pregnant and Parenting Students

By Dave Andrusko

(left to right) Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach, sponsor of H.R. 6918, The Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Women and Families Act, with NRLC President Carol Tobias, Jennifer Popik, Director of Federal Legislation, and Ben Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life

On Thursday, on a party line vote, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives passed two bills designed to help women and their families as well as pregnant and parenting students.

H.R. 6918, The Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Women and Families Act passed by a vote of 214 to 208. H.R. 6914, The Pregnant Students’ Rights Act, passed in a vote of 212 to 207.

H.R. 6918 was sponsored by Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach (R-Mn) with Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) and Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ] as original co-sponsors.  Several directors of pregnancy centers gave remarks, as did many members of Congress.  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.

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 rulemaking that would restrict the use of TANF funds for pregnancy centers.

At Thursday’s press conference preceding the votes, Rep. Smith, several members of congress, and pro-life leaders were joined by several pregnancy center leaders highlighting the critical work of pregnancy resource centers. 

NRLC president Carol Tobias also delivered remarks at yesterday’s press conference. In a post-Roe America, it is vitally important that resources are made available to support mothers and their babies both before and after birth,” she said.