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Care Net and AUL Commend Missouri Legislature for honoring the work of Pregnancy Care Centers

“The praise that pregnancy centers are receiving is well-deserved and long-overdue,” says Dr. Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life

WASHINGTON, D.C. (04-08-11) – Care Net and Americans United for Life commended the Missouri state house today for praising the work of pregnancy care centers.    Rep. Thomas Long introduced HB 1826 with more than 100 co-sponsors called a “Resolution Honoring Pregnancy Care Centers,” thanking the non-profit organizations throughout the state for their tremendous service to women, children, and the community. The resolution is based on a model drafted by Americans United for Life (AUL). Missouri is the 7th state this year to introduce such a resolution, which has been passed in four states – Arizona, Alabama, South Dakota, and West Virginia.

“Care Net praises pregnancy centers for getting noticed – there’s definitely a ‘buzz’ in the air about your good work,” said Care Net President Melinda Delahoyde. “In this era of state budget shortfalls, it’s organizations like pregnancy centers that help to hold our communities together, providing free services to help empower women and strengthen families.”

Delahoyde thanked the bill sponsors and AUL for their leadership on behalf of pregnancy centers.  “Care Net is grateful to those who continue to come alongside our movement to champion the quiet, life-saving work of pregnancy centers,” she said.

“The praise that pregnancy centers are receiving for their life-affirming impact on the women, families, and communities they serve is well-deserved and long-overdue,” said Dr. Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life.  “We look forward to working with more states to adopt this important resolution and to further support the critical work of pregnancy centers.”

A sample “Joint Resolution Honoring Pregnancy Centers” is available in American United for Life’s 2011 Model Legislation & Policy Guide.

Pregnancy centers provide practical help and emotional support to empower those facing unplanned pregnancies to make an informed and life-affirming pregnancy decision. Care Net is a national organization supporting the work of 1,130 pregnancy centers in North America. Americans United for Life (AUL) is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization whose vision is a nation in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law. The first national pro-life organization in America, AUL has been committed to defending human life through vigorous judicial, legislative, and educational efforts at both the federal and state levels since 1971.