North Carolina proposes big win for pregnancy centers

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The pro-life movement has faced many challenges since the overturning of Roe v. Wade in 2022.

In the face of many trials, even the smallest victories are celebrated.

But this week, in North Carolina, pro-lifers faced an uncommon big win for their important cause.

In a resounding victory for the pro-life movement, North Carolina’s state budget has allocated a staggering $12.5 million to support crisis pregnancy centers in their state.

The move represents a significant win for pro-life advocates, reinforcing the state’s commitment to providing essential resources for pregnant women in need.

Under the newly proposed budget, $6.25 million in recurring funds will be channeled to the Division of Public Health under the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

This funding will be dedicated to the nonprofit group Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship (CPCF), a leading organization providing crucial services to pregnancy centers across the state.

The substantial funding breakdown includes $2.9 million for grants to support pregnancy centers, ensuring they can offer comprehensive services to pregnant women.

Additionally, $1 million will be allocated for purchasing durable medical equipment and providing essential pregnancy care training.

Another half a million will go towards nonreligious, nonsectarian educational training and resources about pregnancy.

Furthermore, $4.2 million will fund the operation of CPCF’s Circle of Care Program, reinforcing its mission to support mothers and babies throughout their pregnancy journey.

An additional $3 million over the two-year budget has been earmarked from the American Rescue Plan’s Temporary Savings Fund for the Human Coalition’s statewide “Continuum of Care” program.

This initiative provides long-term assistance to women through an extensive network of support services, ensuring that women receive the help they need beyond pregnancy.

Tami Fitzgerald, Executive Director of NC Values, praised the funding, highlighting the importance of ultrasound machines in helping women make informed decisions about their pregnancies.

The ability to witness their child through ultrasound, she noted, plays a crucial role in making life-affirming choices.

Additionally, the budget includes critical provisions to limit state funds used for abortion services.

It ensures that state funds cannot be utilized for family planning services, pregnancy prevention activities, or adolescent parenting programs with providers performing abortions.

Exceptions are made for payments to healthcare providers under specific healthcare plans, emphasizing the state’s pro-life stance.

Despite these positive strides, crisis pregnancy centers in North Carolina have faced challenges.

Vandals attacked Mountain Area Pregnancy Services following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Dobbs case, which returned abortion decisions to the states.

Sens. Thom Tillis and Ted Budd, both Republicans, called upon state Attorney General Josh Stein to protect crisis pregnancy centers and investigate the Mountain Area attack.

While Stein’s response was evasive, the incident underscored the need for continued vigilance in defending pro-life initiatives.

This significant boost in funding reaffirms North Carolina’s commitment to fostering a culture of life and empowering women to make informed, life-affirming choices, even in the face of adversity.

As crisis pregnancy centers receive unprecedented support, the pro-life movement gains momentum, championing the cause of both mothers and their unborn children.

With this robust backing, North Carolina stands as a beacon of hope and support for pregnant women, setting an example for the nation to follow.

Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.