This week the Missouri Senate approved a state budget for fiscal year 2017 that will expand funding for the state’s alternatives to abortion (ATA) program to over $6 million.
If the Senate’s version of ATA funding remains intact after negotiations with the House, then ATA will see its biggest funding increase ever. In recent years, ATA funding has hovered at around $2 million.
The additional funds will allow more nonprofit and religiously affiliated agencies to apply for grant money to serve women in crisis pregnancies. As noted in previous MCC Updates, ATA services offer a very effective way to reduce abortion rates.