Hern, Wenstrup Work to Protect Life at All Stages
Today, Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) and Ways & Means Worker and Family Support Subcommittee Acting Ranking Member Brad Wenstrup, D.P.M. (OH-02) led a letter to the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting information on federally funded programs available to pregnant women & parents of young children.
“In the wake of the Dobbs v. Jackson decision, it is imperative that we not only fight to protect life at all stages, but also make it as easy as possible for pregnant women and parents to care for their children,” said Rep. Hern & Dr. Wenstrup. “Identifying which federal programs are available to expecting mothers & young parents and removing any undue burdens of access is necessary to ensure they receive proper care. We look forward to GAO’s timely response.”
The full text of the letter is available here and below:
November 30, 2022
The historic Dobbs v. Jackson Supreme Court decision is an opportunity to protect not only the unborn but their mothers and families as well. Across the country there are more than 2,700 pro-life pregnancy care centers dedicated to protecting life at all stages and providing new mothers with the resources they need. Pro-life states have already created programs to provide women with safe alternatives to abortion.
In Oklahoma, Governor Stitt created the Helping Every Life and Parent (HELP) Task Force which is dedicated to supporting crisis pregnancy centers, providing community resources for mothers faced with unplanned pregnancy, and empowering non-profits and faith-based organizations to support families and mothers in their communities.
With over 90 federal welfare programs totaling $1.78 trillion, the resources to help women and families may already exist. As Congress, we should be working to remove the red tape and obstacles that make it difficult for the intended recipients of these programs to access the assistance they need before we create new programs that may address the same population’s needs.
We are writing to request that the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigate and report on the federally funded programs available to pregnant women as well as women and families with children up to six years of age. To this end we ask GAO to compile a report with the following information:
Also, of these programs:
We appreciate your consideration of this request, and look forward to working with you on this matter.