INTRODUCES COMPREHENSIVE PROPOSAL
TO REDUCE ABORTIONS IN AMERICA
WASHINGTON, D.C.-- U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis introduced
the Pregnant Women Support Act during a press conference
in Washington. A combination of 14 different policy programs,
the proposal aims to reduce the number of abortions in America
by 95 percent over the next ten years by helping women make
informed decisions, supporting pregnant women, and assisting
looking into the different reasons that women choose abortions,
rather than just politicizing the issue, we have been able
to come up with a comprehensive and commonsense initiative
that will empower women and encourage them to choose life.
I strongly urge my colleagues to adopt this proposal so
we can reduce the number of abortions in America by 95 percent
in the next ten years."
of the 14 proposals calls for expanding coverage to pregnant
women and unborn children through Medicaid and the State
Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). One of the key
provisions of the proposal calls for banning the discriminatory
practice against pregnant women in the health insurance
industry by removing pregnancy from all "pre-existing
condition" lists in health care.
provisions call for making adoption tax credits permanent,
provides grants for low-income parenting college students,
fully funding the federal WIC program, increased funding
for domestic violence programs, and provides free home visits
by registered nurses for new mothers.
for Life of America, an organization supporting pro-life
elected officials, worked closely with Congressman Davis
on this major policy initiative.
Davis's Pregnant Women Support Act is a great bill. It places
more emphasis on helping pregnant women during and after
pregnancy than any bill we can recall. Davis's bill offers
real support and real solutions to help a woman make an
informed decision and receive the support she needs to carry
her child to term," said Kristen Day, Executive Director
of Democrats for Life of America.
initiative provides the kind of support, information, and
options that should be readily available to pregnant women
in any society that truly believes in the sanctity of life.
Congress can and should act immediately to implement this
95-10 initiative," said Davis.
legislation was unveiled Wednesday during a news conference
in Washington where Davis was joined by Republican lead
cosponsor Rep. Chris Smith and Reps. Harold Ford, Jr., Charlie
Melancon, and Dan Lipinski. Other original cosponsors include
Reps. Marion Berry, Allen Boyd, Jerry Costello, Mike Fitzpatrick,
Tim Holden, Marcy Kaptur, Mark Kennedy, Dale Kildee, Dan
Lipinski, Jim Marshall, Mike McIntrye, Alan Mollohan, James
Oberstar, Solomon Ortiz, and Colin Peterson. Organizations
who have sent statements in support of the bill include
the National Association of Evangelicals, Sojourners/Call
to Renewal, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Americans
United for Life, Democrats for Life of America, National
Council on Adoption, Life Education and Resource Network,
Redeem the Vote, CARENET, Tony Campolo, founder of the Evangelical
Association for the Promotion of Education, Joe Turnham,
Chairman, Alabama Democratic Party, U.S. Senate candidate
Bob Casey, and actor, Martin Sheen.