to the text of the bill, The Pregnant Women Support Act would "provide for
programs that reduce the need for abortion, help women bear healthy children,
and support new parents." Representative Lincoln Davis (D-TN) first introduced
the House bill in the Fall of 2006. In 2009, Davis re-introduced the bill in the House and
Senator Bob Casey D-Pennsylvania introduced the Senate version. This bill was
modeled after Democrats for Life ‘s "95-10 Initiative," which aims to
reduce the U.S.
abortion rate by 95% over the next 10 years.
bill proposes to:
women’s knowledge about their pregnancy; provide free home visits by
registered nurses for teenage or first-time mothers for education on
health needs of infants;
and SCHIP coverage of pregnant women and "unborn children," and the
continuation of health insurance coverage for newborns;
of information on abortion services and grants for collection and reporting
of abortion data;
to patients receiving positive test diagnosis of Down Syndrome or other
pre-natally diagnosed conditions;
for pregnant and parenting college students and teens;
services for pregnant women who are victims of domestic violence, dating
violence, and stalking
- Create a
"Life Support Centers" Pilot Program.
of adoption credit and adoption assistance programs;
support for WIC program and the Child Care and Development Block Grant
program; Nutritional support for low-income parents.
Reality Check: Can
Pro-Choice People Support the Pregnant Women Support Act?
for Life press release: Senator
Robert Casey Introduces the Pregnant Women Support Act: DFLA 95-10 Initiative
and Senate Versions of the Bill: