The network of agencies that will help women facing crisis pregnancies is spreading to communities throughout Missouri. Many of these agencies receive financial help through Missouri’s Alternatives to Abortion program, which was formally enacted into law in 2007 (See Section 188.325 RSMo) through the work of the Missouri Catholic Conference, Campaign Life, Missouri Right to Life and other pro-life advocates.
The ATA program is administered by the Missouri Office of Administration (OA). The OA’s ATA webpage offers general information on the services provided and, even more helpfully, a map of Missouri where one can click a county to see what agencies offer help for that area.
The Missouri General Assembly is very supportive of the ATA program. Just this session legislators increased ATA funding from its current level of $2 million to over $6 million for fiscal year 2017, which begins July 1 of this year. Hopefully Governor Nixon will approve the new funding levels and not withhold any of the money.