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Saturday, 07 December 2019
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Oklahoma to Send $2 Million to Pregnancy Centers Helping Women

On Friday, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a budget bill into law which includes a $2 million appropriation for life-affirming pregnancy centers.

The Choosing Childbirth Program, which was established by a 2017 law signed by then-governor Mary Fallin, will provide funds for services such as ultrasounds, medical exams, counseling, parenting classes, maternity care, and more.

"The bill will provide much-needed funds to pro-life pregnancy resource centers which help vulnerable women during their pregnancies and after their babies are born," said Tony Lauinger, state chairman for Oklahomans for Life.

To be eligible for a service grant under the Choosing Childbirth Act, an applicant must be:

1. Be registered with the Oklahoma Secretary of State as a not for-profit corporation located in Oklahoma;

2. Have the grant amount approved by a grant-supervising entity;

3. Provide each pregnant woman counseled with accurate information on the developmental characteristics of unborn children, including offering the printed information described in Section 1-738.3 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes;

4. Assure that the grant's sole purposes are to assist and encourage women to carry their children to term and to maximize their potentials thereafter; and

5. Assure that none of the funds provided pursuant to the Choosing Childbirth Act, nor any other funds or services provided by the organization, are used to encourage or counsel a woman to have an abortion not necessary to prevent her death, to provide her such an abortion or to refer her for such an abortion.

Lauinger pointed to a number of other pro-life bills passed by the Oklahoma legislature this session and signed into law by Gov. Stitt.

Tweet This: "The bill will provide funds to #prolife pregnancy centers which help women during their pregnancies & after their babies are born."

One of them, SB 614 requires that an abortion patient be given information about the possibility of reversing an in-progress chemical abortion. Developed by physicians George Delgado and Matthew Harrison in 2007, abortion pill reversal empowers a mother to reverse the effects of a chemical abortion, saving her unborn child's life. Since the Abortion Pill Rescue Network was founded in 2012, the reversal protocol has saved the lives of 750 children. 

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Katie Franklin

Katie Franklin is a writer for Heartbeat International. She previously served as director of communications for Ohio Right to Life and is a graduate of Denison University where she earned a B.A. in history in 2013. Katie lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Miles and their daughter.

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