Budget committees of the Missouri Senate and House are developing funding proposals for the fiscal year 2018 state budget. The process formally begins in the House where the budget bills are filed by the House Budget Chair, which at this time is State Representative Scott Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob). Of particular interest to the Missouri Catholic Conference are funding levels for the Alternatives to Abortion (ATA) program and Show-Me Healthy Babies.
As introduced, HB 11 proposes $6.4 million for ATA, which allows pregnancy resource centers to offer ultra-sounds, referrals for prenatal care, new-born and infant care, and job training and placement. Meanwhile, over $25 million is recommended for Show-Me Healthy Babies, which provides additional funding for prenatal care and related services. ATA funding is found in Section 11.120, while Show-Me Healthy Babies is proposed in Section 11.560.