Gov. Nixon has recommended full funding for the Alternatives to Abortion (ATA) program ($1,583,561) for fiscal year 2013 beginning July 1, 2012. The Missouri Catholic Conference spearheaded creation of ATA and is a strong advocate for its continued funding. Through this program, pregnancy resource centers located throughout the state are given funds to assist women facing crisis pregnancies. Services provided include ultrasounds, prenatal care, counseling, adoption referrals and basic assistance with daily living expenses. A “thank you” can be sent to Gov. Nixon here.