Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced a Resolution designating the week of November 7th as “National Pregnancy Center Week.” Pregnancy Resource Centers are a vital resource to women across the country, providing a wide range of healthcare services to those in need. Rep. Bob Good (R-VA) introduced a companion resolution in the House.
Of the Resolution, Sen. Lee said, “In light of recent attacks on pregnancy centers across the country, this timely resolution recognizes the unsung heroes dedicated to providing critical services to women across the country. These centers go above and beyond the call of duty, providing services such as free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, counseling, and education. I’m humbled by their efforts and honored to support their life-affirming work.”
The full list of Senate cosponsors includes: Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Mike Braun (R-IN), James Risch (R- ID), Deb Fischer (R- NE), Ted Cruz (R- TX), Marco Rubio (R- FL), Josh Hawley (R- MO), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R- MS), Tommy Tuberville (R- AL), Roger Wicker (R- MS), Ben Sasse (R- NE), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), James Inhofe (R-OK), Steve Daines (R-MT), Rick Scott (R-FL), Tod Young (R-IN), John Thune (R-SD), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Tim Scott (R-SC).
Support from outside groups includes: the Susan B. Anthony List, March for Life, CatholicVote, Heritage Action, Family Research Council, U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops, Catholic Charities USA, Pregnancy Medical Clinic/Journey Clinic, Pregnancy Resource Center of Salt Lake City.
Hon. Marilyn Musgrave of SBA Pro-Life America said, “Over 2,700 pregnancy centers across the country lovingly provide hope, encouragement, and vital medical and material support for women and families. We commend Senator Lee and Congressman Good for highlighting the important work these nonprofits do by recognizing ‘National Pregnancy Center Week.’ We hope all of Congress will join them, and we thank them for their continued courage and commitment to protecting unborn children and mothers.”
Jeanne F. Mancini, President of March for Life said, “Pregnancy Resource Centers perform lifesaving and life-changing work across our nation every day, providing free resources and compassionate support to women and families in need. In this post-Roe era, such work should be applauded. Instead, these centers are being targeted by the far left with an increasing number of attacks involving violence and vandalism, and they are the subject of a harmful misinformation campaign. We are grateful to Senator Mike Lee and Representative Bob Good for introducing this timely resolution heralding the heroic and transformative contributions of Pregnancy Resource Centers.”
Tom McClusky, Director of Government Affairs of CatholicVote said, “For decades pregnancy resource centers have disproven the lie that those who are pro-life only care for the unborn. In every state these centers greatly outnumber the abortion mills – all while offering guidance, shelter and much needed support to parents and children. PRCs are the very powerful heart of the pro-life movement, which is why Democrats and their allies target them with violence and threats.”
Mary Szoch, Director of the Center for Human Dignity of Family Research Council said, “Each year, thousands of women find themselves unexpectedly pregnant with no one to turn to. Pregnancy resource centers (PRC) provide vital support for these women offering free ultrasounds, STD testing, parenting classes, post-abortion support, diapers, baby clothes, and most importantly a loving, listening friend. From the moment a woman enters a PRC, she is surrounded with compassion, support, and care. The work of these centers changes the lives of many women and saves the lives of countless children. Now thatstate laws protecting life in the womb are going into effect, the work of PRCs supporting moms and their babies is more important than ever. Many more moms will experience the gift of life—and PRCs will be right there to help them every step of the way. Family Research Council is proud to support PRCs across the country and is grateful to Sen. Lee and Rep. Good for their resolution calling for national recognition of this heroic work.”
Heartbeat International issued a statement saying, “We thank Representative Good and Senator Lee for celebrating the vital work that pregnancy help centers do every day. As we have entered into a post-Roe world, the work of these centers is all the more important as they walk alongside families throughout the pregnancy and beyond, blessing them with pregnancy tests, emotional support, ultrasounds, parenting classes, and so much more at no cost. We at Heartbeat International are proud to partner with pregnancy help centers as they offer true compassion and support so that a woman never feels alone, coerced, or so hopeless that she ends her child’s life through abortion.”
Anthony Granado of Catholic Charities USA said, “We appreciate the attention of Sen. Lee and the U.S. Senate to the plight of women and families facing unexpected pregnancies that may leave them in straitened circumstances. As one of the nation’s largest social services providers, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) supports those policies, agencies and initiatives that shine a light on the needs of pregnant women and their children, especially those who are living on the margins and facing an increasingly tentative daily existence. We also continue to call for strong social supports — including food, health and housing policies — that uplift and promote the welfare of all. This call is consistent with our Catholic faith and values, with our mission to alleviate suffering and reduce poverty, and with the teachings of the Gospels.”