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Press Release


April 08, 2011

“Every day, selfless volunteers in pregnancy care centers show women and children that they are loved and valuable,” said Dr. Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life. “The Missouri legislature’s resolution to honor that service shows they recognize the valuable work tirelessly performed to defend human life.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Care Net and Americans United for Life applauded the introduction Friday of a resolution in Missouri praising the work of pregnancy centers.   More than 100 cosponsors have joined key sponsor Rep. Thomas Long of the Missouri House in introducing HR 1826, based on the AUL model language. The resolution thanks the non-profit pregnancy centers throughout the state for their tremendous service to women, children, and the community.  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 Rep. Long 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 introduce 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 center 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.

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