HCR 31 – FINAL VERSION
HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 31
SPONSORS: Rep. Lauer-Rago, Merr 2; Rep. Notter, Hills 19; Rep. Peterson, Hills 19; Rep. Tamburello, Rock 3; Rep. DeLemus, Straf 1; Rep. Cox, Merr 6; Rep. Souza, Hills 11; Rep. Avard, Hills 20; Rep. L. Jones, Straf 1; Rep. S. Tremblay, Rock 3; Sen. White, Dist 9
This house concurrent resolution commends the work of pregnancy care centers in New Hampshire and across the United States.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twelve
A RESOLUTION commending the work of pregnancy care centers in New Hampshire and across the United States.
Whereas, the life-affirming impact of pregnancy resource centers on women, families, and the communities they serve is considerable and growing, and pregnancy resource centers serve with integrity and compassion; and
Whereas, more than 2,500 pregnancy centers across the United States provide individualized care to women and men facing planned and unplanned pregnancies, including resources to meet their physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs; and
Whereas, pregnancy care centers offer women free, confidential, and compassionate services, including pregnancy tests, peer counseling, 24-hour telephone hotlines, childbirth and parenting classes, and referrals to community, health care, and other support services; and
Whereas, pregnancy care centers encourage women to make positive life choices by equipping them with complete and accurate information regarding their pregnancy options, including adoption information and referrals, and the development of their unborn children; and
Whereas, pregnancy care centers provide women with compassionate and confidential peer counseling in a nonjudgmental manner regardless of their pregnancy outcomes, as well as provide abstinence education, domestic violence information, and relationship counseling; and
Whereas, pregnancy care centers provide important support and resources for women who choose childbirth over abortion; and
Whereas, pregnancy care centers ensure that women are receiving prenatal information and services that lead to the birth of healthy infants; and
Whereas, many pregnancy care centers provide limited obstetrical ultrasound to confirm pregnancy and enable women to visualize the baby in utero; and
Whereas, many pregnancy care centers work to prevent unplanned pregnancies by teaching effective abstinence education in public schools; and
Whereas, pregnancy care centers operate primarily through reliance on the voluntary donations and time of caring individuals who are committed to caring for the needs of women and promoting and protecting life; and
Whereas, many pregnancy care centers provide grief assistance for women who regret the loss of a child from past choices they made or the circumstances they were placed in; and
Whereas, many pregnancy centers provide training to parents to guide their teens to healthy decision making about sexual health; now therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the New Hampshire general court recognizes the many contributions made by pregnancy care centers and supports pregnancy care centers in their unique, positive contributions to the individual lives of women, men, and babies, both born and unborn; and
That the general court commends the compassionate work of thousands of volunteers and paid staff at pregnancy care centers in New Hampshire and across the United States; and
That a copy of this resolution be forwarded by the house clerk to the President of the United States, President of the United States Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States Congress, the governor, and each member of the New Hampshire congressional delegation.
Approved: May 9, 2012