To: House Human Services Committee
From: Christopher T. Dodson, Executive Director
Subject: Senate Bill 2312 (Alternatives-to-Abortion Services Program)
Date: February 26, 2007
The North Dakota Catholic Conference supports Senate Bill 2312 to reauthorize the alternatives-to-abortion services program.
When the last Legislative Assembly authorized the alternatives-to-abortion services program, it recognized that:
• No woman should ever feel that abortion is a “best” or only option;
• Behind every crisis pregnancy is an unmet social need, such as the family support, housing, education, job opportunities, health care, addiction, or role models;
• These needs are met through a variety of local agencies and organizations, with different missions, structures, philosophies, and expertise; and
• Addressing these needs not only helps women with their immediate situation, but it also prevents future problems and enhances the development of stable two-parent families and encourages adoption.
Finally, the abortion alternatives program is a partnership of hope. Through it, local nongovernmental agencies and the state government work together to provide much needed assistance to women facing difficult situations. This aid translates into hope.
We urge a Do Pass recommendation on Senate Bill 2312.