WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., joined a measure to create a federal clearinghouse of pro-life resources, services, and information for expecting and new mothers. The Standing with Moms Act would create life.gov, a government-operated website for this purpose. The bill was led by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
“It should be easy for mothers to access the plentiful resources that are available to support them and their children,” Wicker said. “Creating a new national clearinghouse for information that can lend parents a helping hand is a straightforward way to advance the cause of life.”
“Expecting and new mothers deserve every ounce of support they can get, and it’s important they know what federal, state, local, and nonprofit resources are available to them,” Hyde-Smith said. “This bill would achieve that by creating an accessible, one-stop-shop of resources for women who need assistance with anything from prenatal healthcare to infant nutrition, housing, or adoption options.”
“Pregnant and newly parenting mothers should not be left in the dark, nor should they be pushed toward abortion,” Rubio said. “Instead, they should have easy access to the resources they need to look after their babies. This bill would help make that a reality.”
Wicker and Hyde-Smith were joined by Senators Roger Marshall, R-Kan., Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., John Thune, R-S.D., Rick Scott, R-Fla., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Deb Fischer, R-Neb., as original cosponsors. U.S. Representative Nancy Mace, R-S.C., introduced a companion bill (HR.8384) in the House.
In addition, Wicker and Hyde-Smith joined a bill led by Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, designating June as the “Month of Life,” in commemoration of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling that overturned the Roe v. Wade abortion case.
Read more about the Standing with Moms Act (S.4541) here.
Read the Month of Life Celebration Act (S.4539) here.