Governor Mary Fallin on Friday signed into law the “Choosing Childbirth Act,” HB 1703.
The Choosing Childbirth Act establishes a program to promote, incentivize, and provide support for pregnancy resource centers, also known as “crisis pregnancy centers.” Pregnancy resource centers are pro-life facilities, often staffed by volunteers, that provide alternatives to abortion. They assist a pregnant woman in carrying her child to term by providing counseling, ultrasounds, prenatal care, parenting classes, maternity clothes, adoption options, and other goods and services.
Now that the program is established, it will, when funded by the Oklahoma legislature in the future, compensate individual pregnancy resource centers for reimbursable services provided. Individual centers could either accept or decline any funds which may later become available through the program. (Read More)
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