Representative Young Kim (CA-39) introduced the Care for Her Act (H.R. 5163) alongside Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01) and other Republican colleagues to facilitate services for pregnant women to help meet the emotional, physical, social, financial, and other needs they may encounter during pregnancy, childbirth, and child-rearing.
The bill seeks to accomplish this through four provisions: A $3,600 tax credit for unborn children, which would apply retroactively after the child is born, a comprehensive assessment and cataloging of the programs and resources that are available to expectant mothers; providing federal grants to advance maternal housing, job training mentorships and other educational opportunities for expectant mothers, and would offer financial incentives to communities that improve maternal and child health outcomes.
“No expecting mother should feel alone or abandoned. Unfortunately, many women are not aware of the local, state, and federal resources available to them, especially during an unplanned pregnancy,” said Congresswoman Kim in a statement. “As a mother of four, I’m proud to join my colleagues to introduce the Care for Her Act to strengthen the outreach and effectiveness of programs for education, mentoring, housing and other support services for pregnant women and their children.”
Rep. Fortenberry is hopeful the bill will change the narrative that the pro-life community is only “pro-birth” and support for the Care for Her Act will come from all sides of the political spectrum.
“Is it possible this could be bipartisan? I would certainly hope so, because it should transcend a political divide,” Fortenberry explained. “We, of course, stand against abortion because it is so detrimental to women and obviously the unborn child. At the same time though, I think that others could join us who maybe don’t have the fullness of our perspective, who want to see the government actually make a choice on behalf of protecting that unborn life.”
Despite the polarizing discussions about pregnancy and unborn life, Republicans in Congress believe the Care for Her Act is a common-sense approach to caring for women and their babies.