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WFF Statement 

PO Box 300411, St. Louis, MO 63130 - USA


August 27, 2003


The Honorable Bob Holden
Governor of Missouri
Missouri Capitol Building Room 216
PO Box 720
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0720

Dear Governor Holden:

Our organization represents thousands of Catholic women in Missouri on issues that affect their lives as women, wives, and mothers.

We urge you to restore the funding for the Alternatives to Abortion program. Without this funding, the State of Missouri will negatively impact the ability of women of low income to have healthy pregnancies and healthy children.

This program assists Missouri women who experience crisis pregnancies and who would choose to maintain their pregnancy if the support they need were provided. We understand that through this program the Department of Health contracts with a coalition of faith-based providers across the state to offer needed services to these women.

Most of the women served by this program have an annual income of less than $9,000. Many of these women have had high-risk pregnancies and, despite the odds against them, gave birth to healthy babies with this program's support. These are real women who depend upon the services that the Alternatives to Abortion program provides.

We know that you are committed to the health and safety of all Missourians. We hope you will continue to implement Missouri's long-standing policy of preferring healthy childbirth to abortion.

We strongly urge you to restore the funding for the Alternatives to Abortion Program.



Helen Hull Hitchcock
Executive Director, Women for Faith & Family

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