The Senate Appropriations Committee has decided to maintain funding for the Alternatives to Abortion (ATA) program at its present level of $1.58 million. An additional $50,000 is appropriated for an awareness program to promote ATA. This additional money could be used for a variety of promotional activities, such as radio and television spots, creating an ATA website, etc.
ATA offers assistance to women in crisis pregnancies. Help includes clothing, emergency shelter, counseling, prenatal care, etc. The assistance is provided by maternity homes and pregnancy resource centers located around the state. The Missouri Catholic Conference took the lead in establishing this program and continues to work for its adequate funding. Campaign Life’s Sam Lee has also been very involved in ensuring continued support for ATA.
The ATA funding still requires approval by the full Senate.