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SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 38

(By Senators Kessler (Mr. President), Unger, Fitzsimmons, Beach, Williams, Sypolt, Snyder, Wells and Stollings)

 

Recognizing the many contributions of the thousands of volunteers and paid staff at pregnancy care centers in West Virginia and across the United States.

    Whereas, The life-affirming impact of pregnancy care centers on the women, men, children and communities they serve is considerable and growing; and

    Whereas, Pregnancy care centers serve women in West Virginia and across the United States with integrity and compassion with more than 2,500 centers across the United States providing comprehensive care to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies, including resources to meet their physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs; and

    Whereas, Pregnancy care centers offer women free, confidential and compassionate services, including pregnancy tests, peer counseling, 24-hour hotlines, childbirth and pregnancy classes and referrals to community, health care and other support services; and

    Whereas, Many pregnancy care centers offer ultrasounds and other medical services, information on adoption and adoption referrals while encouraging women to make positive life choices by equipping them with complete and accurate information regarding their pregnancy options and the development of the unborn; and

    Whereas, Pregnancy care centers ensure that women are receiving prenatal information and services that lead to the birth of healthy infants; and

    Whereas, Pregnancy care centers provide important support and resources for women and their children, including prenatal care and education, ultrasound screenings, pregnancy tests, parenting training, life-skills education and financial management education, as well as the provision of nursery furniture, diapers, diaper bags, infant clothing, maternity clothing and child safety seats; and

    Whereas, The pregnancy care centers of West Virginia have worked to prevent unplanned pregnancies among teens by teaching effective abstinence education to over 1,700 public school students in 2011; and

    Whereas, In 2011, Pregnancy care centers in West Virginia provided services to more than 4,500 clients for an estimated savings of at least $46 million for West Virginia taxpayers; and

    Whereas, Pregnancy care centers do not receive state or federal funding and operate primarily through reliance on the voluntary donations and the time of thousands of volunteers who are committed to caring for the needs of women and their families, while also promoting and protecting life; and

    Whereas, Both federal and state governments are increasingly recognizing the valuable services of pregnancy care centers through the public support of such organizations; and

    Whereas, The Senate strongly encourages the United States Congress and other federal and state government agencies to grant pregnancy care centers assistance for medical equipment and abstinence education in a manner that does not compromise the mission or religious integrity of these organizations; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Senate:

    That the Senate hereby recognizes the many contributions of the thousands of volunteers and paid staff at pregnancy care centers in West Virginia and across the United States; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Senate extends its sincere appreciation to these committed volunteers and staff who unselfishly work to educate, assist and contribute to the many women, men, children, families and babies that are in their need across West Virginia and the entire United States; and, be it    Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the appropriate representative of pregnancy care centers in West Virginia.

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