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Pregnant Women Support Act (PWSA)

The “Pregnant Women Support Act” (PWSA) is a bill being considered in both houses of Congress.

Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia (chair of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities) wrote to Congress encouraging all members to support PWSA which provides life-affirming support for pregnant women and their unborn children. The Pregnant Women Support Act (PWSA) “reaches out to women with a helping hand when they are most vulnerable, and most engaged in making a decision about life or death for their unborn children,” Cardinal Rigali said. “It provides an authentic common ground, an approach that people can embrace regardless of their position on other issues.”

Please call or write your Senators and Representative asking them to support the bill.

See more details in press release at

You can follow progress of both versions of the bill (S.1032 and H.R. 2035) at

Note: According to, there are two related bills (S.270 and H.R.605). Since those bill numbers are not mentioned in the press release from the USCCB, I do not know whether we are to support them. It’s possible that they have been replaced by the bills mentioned in the letters that Cardinal Rigali sent to Senators and Representatives.


Added 090821F. The information above was drafted for a post on May 18, 2009. I don’t recall now why I didn’t publish it then. In any case, we need to keep an eye on this legislation, so am moving the information to a “Page” (rather than a “Post”) and will add an article that I noticed today. has the full article; here’s an excerpt to encourage TN readers to read the rest:

Meanwhile, Rep. Lincoln Davis, D.-Tenn., continues his less publicized effort to build support for his abortion-reduction bill, one many pro-life advocates support. His Pregnant Women Support Act, H.R. 2035, would provide information and aid to women during and after their pregnancies without opening up the government’s purse for abortion providers.

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