It was never true, as abortion advocates have alleged, that pro-life people, organizations and states only care about babies until they’re born, and certainly don’t care about the mothers. Arkansas is one of those states proving how wrong the naysayers are by stepping up to support both babies and their moms.
The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (Department) is now accepting grant applications from pregnancy resource centers (PRCs) across the state, after the state legislature allocated $1 million for that purpose.
Arkansas defines a PRC as “an organization existing as of January 1, 2022 that: seeks to provide a range of services to individuals facing an unintended pregnancy with the intention of encouraging pregnant women to give birth to their unborn children; and does not perform, prescribe, provide referrals for, or encourage abortion or affiliate with any organization that performs, prescribes, provides referral for, or encourages abortion.”
As reported by Family Council, a conservative education and research organization based in Little Rock, Arkansas, and also an ally of Focus on the Family, PRCs can also include maternity homes, adoption agencies and social service agencies.
The grant monies, according to the Department, can be used for:
- Activities in direct support of pregnant women
- Project material and supplies
- Advertising of available services
- Brochures and publications explaining services and available resources
- Rent of facilities where services are provided
- Utilities of facilities where services are provided
- Contracts for client-focused professional services (mental health counseling, etc.)
- Staffing for the duration of the project
Arkansas’ ban on all abortions except to save the life of the mother was passed in 2019, and took effect when Roe v. Wade was overturned in the Dobbs case in June.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, in 2017, the last year for which numbers are available, 3,200 abortions were performed in Arkansas.
Kudos to the state of Arkansas, which was named the most pro-life state in the nation last year, for stepping up to assist women with unplanned pregnancies. Precious preborn lives are being saved in that state, and now, thanks to the state legislature, both the babies and their moms will receive the aid and support they need.
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