Maternity funds restored!
Published on March 27th, 2013
by Kathleen M. Gallagher
Good news: the 2013-2014 State Budget restores funding for the Maternity & Early Childhood Foundation, funding that had been proposed for elimination in the Governor’s proposed budget. Since 1983 the Foundation has provided grants to programs proving essential services for low income pregnant teens, enabling them to keep their babies, and to young parents to help them raise healthy families. But this year the Governor proposed eliminating dedicated funding for the Foundation and merging it with 88 other health-related programs in a new and reduced consolidated funding pot. The Legislature said “No,” and restored the Foundation and most of its funding. Bravo to our lawmakers!
Pregnant and parenting vulnerable women need support and assistance to empower them to make a choice for life. Restoring funding for the Maternity & Early Childhood Foundation is a necessary and great first step…now we have to ensure there is no abortion expansion in the days ahead…