Pregnancy resource centers must not be excluded from government funding

By Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)

Pregnancy resource centers — supported by 83% of Americans — are an “oasis of love, compassion, empathy, respect, and care for both mothers and their precious children.”

At a pregnancy resource center dinner in New Jersey, two women expressed through tears of joy their deep and abiding gratitude for the love, respect and care that persuaded them to reverse their decision to abort their babies.

Then, two teenage girls spoke and thanked the director of the center for helping their mothers, who had just spoken about those difficult times. The girls said that if the director hadn’t been there for their mothers, “we’d be dead.”

There are more than 2,700 pregnancy resource centers in the United States — each and every one of them an oasis of love, compassion, empathy, respect and care for mothers and their precious children.

Americans agree. The new Marist national poll released this week found that 83% of Americans, including 75% of Democrats, support — I say again, support — pregnancy resource centers. 

Like all of us in this great human rights movement, they stand with every woman and for every child.

We reject the violence of abortion — dismemberment, child beheadings and abortion pills that literally starve the unborn baby to death.

As all of you know, the infamous holdings in Roe v. Wade and Casey were reversed by the brilliant Dobbs decision — conveying to lawmakers at the federal, state and local levels the authority to regulate or prohibit abortion. 

We are greatly encouraged and filled with hope and resolve.

Lives are being saved.

Despite serious challenges in some states like my own, 25 states have one or more strong gestational limits on abortion that are either in effect or are being litigated in the courts.

We are making progress.

Last week, under Speaker Mike Johnson’s leadership, two important pro-life bills authored by two courageous lawmakers, Michelle Fischbach and Ashley Hinson, passed the House.

Ms. Fischbach’s legislation would prohibit President Biden’s new policy proposal that discriminates against pregnancy resource centers.

The measure, the Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Women and Families Act, would ensure that pregnancy resource centers cannot be excluded or restricted from receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funding, which the president has proposed in a rule.

Ms. Hinson’s Pregnant Students’ Rights Act would require colleges and universities to communicate and distribute information informing pregnant students of their rights, and the accommodations and resources available to them.

She said: “It’s unacceptable that pregnant women on college campuses are often pressured to have an abortion. My bill ensures young women are empowered to choose life and create the best future for themselves and their child.”

Tragically, Mr. Biden — the abortion president — has weaponized the federal bureaucracy to aggressively promote abortion on demand, including a full-court press to force taxpayers to pay for it. 

Last Congress, with Mr. Biden’s absolute support, House Democrats twice passed a radical abortion on demand act that would not only legalize abortion in all nine months of pregnancy but would also nullify every pro-life policy ever enacted.

Think of it: all nine months. We can’t allow that to happen. 

That extremist legislation poses an existential threat to countless women and children. 

The Biden administration and some governors and lawmakers continue to smear and misrepresent the noble work of pregnancy resource centers. We can’t allow that to happen, either.

The pro-abortion culture of denial — a modern-day flat earth society — denies, devalues and disrespects unborn children and trivializes the harm suffered by women.

The United States and the world must more fully recognize the breathtaking miracle of the newly created life of an unborn child and that women deserve better than abortion.

Editor’s note. This commentary appeared in the Washington Times.