WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the House of Representatives passed two bills designed to help women and their families as well as pregnant and parenting students.
“We applaud House pro-life leaders for their work in ensuring resources and funding are made available for women, children, and families in need,” stated Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “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.”
Tobias continued, “In longstanding narrow-mindedness, every Democrat present voted wrong and failed to support these reasonable measures because the bills do not promote abortion. Once again, leaders in the Democratic Party have shown their allegiance to the abortion industry and its extremism.”
H.R. 6914 The Pregnant Students’ Rights Act passed in a vote of 212 to 207.
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.
“The Pregnant Students’ Rights Act is needed so a mother should never have to choose between her education and giving birth to her child,” said Tobias.
H.R. 6918 The Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Women and Families Act passed 214 to 208.
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 rulemaking that would restrict the use of TANF funds for pregnancy centers.
“We also thank pro-life leaders for standing firm and pushing back against the agenda of pro-abortion House Democrats,” continued Tobias. “These same radical Democrats voted against these pro-family and pro-women bills because the bills do not advance the pro-abortion dogma of abortion extremists.”