By Denise M. Burke
Oklahoma House Resolution (HR) 1087 was sponsored by Representative Sally Kern who observed, “Pregnancy resource centers encourage women to make positive life choices by equipping them with complete and accurate information regarding their pregnancy options and the development of their unborn child. They provide women with compassionate and confidential peer counseling in a nonjudgmental manner regardless of their pregnancy outcomes, and also provide important support and resources for women who choose childbirth over abortion.”
Oklahoma becomes the second state to adopt this innovative resolution. Earlier this year, after AUL helped to defeat NARAL-supported legislation in Virginia that condemned pregnancy care centers and sought to subject them to unnecessary regulation and oversight, both the Virginia House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate instead adopted AUL’s resolution commending the work of pregnancy care centers and praising their contributions to women, their families, and their communities.
Each year, more than 2,500 pregnancy care centers across the United States provide invaluable free services to hundreds of thousands of women facing unplanned pregnancies. Services offered by these centers typically include:
• Free pregnancy tests;
• One-on-one, nonjudgmental options counseling;
• Temporary housing, food, clothing, and other material assistance;
• Childbirth and parenting classes;
• Ultrasounds, pre-natal vitamins, and other medical care;
• Education and employment counseling;
• 24-hour telephone hotlines; and
• Referrals for health care and to adoption agencies and other support services.