Reducing the Need for Abortion and Supporting Parents Act


According
to the text of the bill, The Reducing the Need for Abortion and Supporting
Parents Act would, "reduce the need for abortion by reducing the number of
unintended pregnancies and supporting women facing unplanned pregnancies." The
legislation, also known as the Ryan/DeLauro bill, is named for its sponsors by
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). The overview below is based
on the bill for the 110th Congress and will be updated as necessary.

Again,
the potential for common ground with this bill will in part be determined by
whether access to contraception is identified as a common ground area.

 

The bill
proposes:

  • Providing funding to prevent teen pregnancy through comprehensive sex education
    that encourages teens to delay sexual activity and is also medically
    accurate, complete, and
    scientifically-based; after-school
    programs; and grants that encourage
    creative approaches to teen pregnancy prevention;
  • Establishing a new national goal for teen pregnancy prevention and launching a
    national campaign to enlist parents in preventing teen pregnancy;
  • Ensuring low-income women on Medicaid access to contraception; increase funding
    for Title X (the nation’s family planning program for the poor); and provide
    information on contraception to new mothers;
  • Increasing the S-CHIP definition of a
    low-income child from 200% to 250% of federal poverty and ensuring that
    pregnancy cannot be considered a pre-existing condition for those with
    individual coverage as is the case with those in group health plans.
  • Providing grants to community health centers to help purchase ultrasound
    equipment.
  • Creating
    a new violence screening and treatment program for women and create a public
    awareness campaign regarding domestic violence against women.
  • Providing grants to institutions of higher education to provide support
    services to assist both pregnant students who have decided to carry their
    pregnancies to term and parenting students in continuing their studies and
    graduating.
  • Increasing the adoption tax credit and making the credit refundable.
  • Increasing support for the Women, Infants, and Children program (WIC), making
    it easier for new parents to receive nutritional support through food stamps,
    and increasing funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG)
    program.

 

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