Over the vocal objections of abortion supporters, Texas legislators have put budget money behind a pro-life program that aids pregnant women through pregnancy centers, adoption agencies, and maternity homes.
Members of the state legislature recently voted to extend funding for the Alternatives to Abortion program, which funds pro-life efforts to provide everything from counseling and parent classes to diapers and formula.
Kim Schwartz of Texas Right to Life tells One News Now the state will pump $100 million into the program during the next two fiscal years and that budget plan angered abortion supporters.
“This is a huge success,” Schwartz says of the funding, “because this means that for the next two years thousands of moms and families in Texas will get the help they desperately need.”
Six amendments were put forward that would have defunded or severely limited the program but Schwartz says each amendment went down in defeat.
“Texas operates on a balanced budget,” she says of the state funding, “so any allocation of taxpayer dollars comes purely from what has already been collected.”