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Care Net & AUL Commend Pregnancy Centers for Earning Praise of Missouri Legislature

“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. (05-10-11) – Care Net and Americans United for Life joined the Missouri state legislature today in praising the work of pregnancy centers. The Missouri House of Representatives passed a “Resolution Honoring Pregnancy Care Centers,” thanking the non-profit organizations throughout the state for their tremendous service to women, children, and the community. Missouri is the sixth state this year to pass such a resolution, a model of which was drafted by Americans United for Life (AUL).

Rep. Thomas Long introduced HR 1826 and led the efforts for its passage. During debate on the measure Tuesday, pregnancy resource center associates lent their support and attended the session.

“The more you know about the compassionate outreach of pregnancy centers to women facing unplanned pregnancies, the more you want to cheer on this amazing 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

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