House Committee Votes to Protect Pregnancy Resource Centers from Discrimination

For Immediate Release: January 11, 2024
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Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee passed the Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Women and Families Act, legislation to ensure that pregnancy centers cannot be discriminated against from receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding. The House is expected to vote on the bill as early as next week.

This bill is in response to the Biden administration’s proposed Health and Human Services (HHS) rule that discriminates against life-affirming non-profits. If the rule goes into effect, it could render pregnancy centers ineligible for this funding. In December, SBA Pro-Life America and the Charlotte Lozier Institute submitted a public comment pointing out how the rule is unfair and inaccurate.

The national pro-life group SBA Pro-Life America celebrated the committee’s work in a statement:

“The Biden administration is working overtime to prove they are not pro-choice, but pro-abortion by proposing this discriminatory rule and ignoring the majority of Americans who support public funding of pregnancy resource centers,” said the Honorable Marilyn Musgrave, SBA Pro-Life America’s vice president of government affairs. “The nearly 3,000 pregnancy resource centers nationwide provide women with medical, material and emotional support for themselves and their families. We are grateful to the committee for passing this bill that prevents discrimination against these centers and protects their ability to continue receiving TANF funds to help moms and families.

Thank you to Chairman Jason Smith and Representatives Michelle Fischbach, Claudia Tenney and Chris Smith for championing this important legislation and getting it through committee. We urge the House to pass this commonsense legislation.”

The proposed rule is the latest in a string of political attacks on life-affirming organizations.

Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America is a network of more than one million pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.


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