Pair that with this information from the Guttmacher Institute (emphasis mine): "The reasons women give for having an abortion underscore their understanding of the responsibilities of parenthood and family life. Three-fourths of women cite concern for or responsibility to other individuals; three-fourths say they cannot afford a child; three-fourths say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or the ability to care for dependents; and half say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner.
Then it becomes clear, to me at least, how this all fits in. Decreasing the number of abortions in the United States is, I think, a worthy goal, so long as women are always able to make the choice for themselves. If there are obstacles standing in the way of women keeping wanted pregnancies (and there are), such as finances, work, school, etc., then absolutely we should be trying to figure out ways to help these women and their children. (Including after the women give birth, which this program seems to allow for.) Obviously, no woman should be pressured into giving birth even if such assistance is available to them. (And really, if decreasing abortions is an actual goal, it has to start with comprehensive sex education and widely available contraceptives. But this is a good step, too.)
My only real gripe with this program is the amount of funding. Twenty-five million dollars isn't a whole lot, especially when you consider how this money is probably going to be distributed. According to the press release): "It is anticipated that up to 25 grants in the amounts of $500,000 - $2,000,000 per year will be awarded." I know some organizations can do a lot with those amounts, and I'm sure many will put this money to good use. I just wish more funds, and more than 25 grants, would be available.
To read more about the grant or get application information, go here.
- CNN: "White House ties new pregnancy assistance fund to 'common ground' abortion plan."
- Care2: "How Do We Prevent Abortion? Obama Thinks One Way Is To Help Pregnant Women."
- MSNBC: "Moms to get more care under new health law" (this is a quick overview of some of the changes coming under the new health-care overhaul that deal with pregnant women and women who've just given birth)