SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 40
(By Senators Unger, Kessler (Acting President), Boley, Nohe, Beach, Jenkins, Yost, Prezioso, Minard, Laird, Barnes, Sypolt, Hall, Green, Miller, Plymale, Edgell, Williams, Stollings, McCabe, Klempa, Wills and Browning)
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; and
Whereas, Many pregnancy care centers work to prevent unplanned pregnancies by teaching effective abstinence education in public schools; and
Whereas, Pregnancy care centers operate primarily through the designation of public funds for such 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 Senate strongly encourages the United States Congress and other federal and state governmental 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; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to each pregnancy care center in West Virginia, to the President of the United States, and to the President of the United States Senate and Speaker of the United House of Representatives.