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ICYMI: Rubio: Providing for Life Act Is a Pro-Life Plan for Post-Roe America

Jun 24, 2022 | Comunicados de Prensa

The Providing for Life Act: A pro-life plan for post-Roe America
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
June 24, 2022
Washington Examiner

On Friday, the Supreme Court released its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, ending Roe vs. Wade…. But even now that America’s pro-abortion legal regime is overturned, our work is far from over. We can and must do more for unborn children and their mothers…. Fortunately, there are some concrete steps policymakers can take—steps that would make a world of difference to parents and children in need.
The first is to expand further the federal child tax credit for working families…. Working parents do more for America’s future than almost any other group—they deserve to keep more of their hard-earned income. In the same vein, we should let pregnant mothers claim the credit for their unborn children…. And while we’re talking about tax credits, why not make the adoption tax credit fully refundable?
…Policymakers could also ease the burden on families by allowing new parents, biological and adoptive, to pull forward their Social Security benefits to finance time off work. People are entitled to those funds one way or another….
Tragically, some women consider abortion because they are afraid their husband or boyfriend will abandon them when a baby is born…. Congress should strengthen existing Child Support Enforcement rules in the social safety net, and it should expand child support to cover the period before as well as after birth.
Finally,…policymakers should see that mothers have adequate healthcare, access to best practices, and knowledge of all their options. That means working to improve maternal health and reduce stillbirth rates across the country y giving more nutritional aid to mothers and young children. It means supporting motherhood mentoring initiatives y establishing a national maternal resources clearinghouse. It means funding crisis pregnancy centers y lowering barriers to faith-based organizations’ provision of social services. And it means requiring colleges to inform students of the rights, protections, and options—other than abortion—they have recourse to in the event of pregnancy.
All these steps and more would provide real, meaningful aid to mothers and their babies—and they are all included as provisions in the Providing for Life Act, a new bill whose framework I have introduced this week. Now that Roe has been overturned, I hope my colleagues in Congress realize the importance of this moment and support my bill accordingly.
The pro-life movement has always been opposed to abortion…. But often overlooked in media coverage is pro-lifers’ commitment to helping and protecting mothers and their babies, both before and after birth. That plays out every day in communities and houses of worship all across the country. Now, we need to take it a step further and see that it plays out in Washington, D.C….

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