Florida Senate - 2012                            (NP)    SR 1326
       By Senator Fasano
       11-00956-12                                           20121326__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution commending the compassionate work of the
    3         volunteers and staff at Florida’s pregnancy resource
    4         centers and recognizing January 2012 as “Pregnancy
    5         Resource Center Month” in Florida.
    7         WHEREAS, the life-affirming impact of pregnancy resource
    8  centers on the women, men, children, and communities they serve
    9  is considerable and growing, and
   10         WHEREAS, pregnancy resource centers serve women and
   11  families in this state and across the United States with
   12  integrity and compassion, and
   13         WHEREAS, more than 2,500 pregnancy resource centers across
   14  the United States provide comprehensive care to women and men
   15  facing unplanned pregnancies, including resources to meet their
   16  physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs, and
   17         WHEREAS, pregnancy resource centers offer women free,
   18  confidential, and compassionate services, including pregnancy
   19  tests, peer counseling, 24-hour telephone hotlines, childbirth
   20  and parenting classes, and referrals to community, health care,
   21  and other support services, and
   22         WHEREAS, many medical pregnancy resource centers offer
   23  ultrasounds and other medical services and provide information
   24  on adoption and adoption referrals to pregnant women, and
   25         WHEREAS, many pregnancy resource centers encourage women to
   26  make positive life choices by equipping them with complete and
   27  accurate information regarding their pregnancy options and the
   28  development of their unborn children, and
   29         WHEREAS, pregnancy resource centers provide women with
   30  compassionate and confidential peer counseling in a
   31  nonjudgmental manner regardless of their pregnancy outcomes, and
   32         WHEREAS, pregnancy resource centers provide important
   33  support and resources for women who choose childbirth over
   34  abortion, and
   35         WHEREAS, pregnancy resource centers ensure that women
   36  receive prenatal information and services that lead to the birth
   37  of healthy infants, and
   38         WHEREAS, pregnancy resource centers provide grief
   39  assistance for women and men who regret the loss of their
   40  children from past choices they have made, and
   41         WHEREAS, many pregnancy resource centers work to prevent
   42  unplanned pregnancies by teaching effective abstinence
   43  education, and
   44         WHEREAS, both federal and state governments are
   45  increasingly recognizing the valuable services of pregnancy
   46  resource centers through the designation of public funds for
   47  such organizations, and
   48         WHEREAS, pregnancy resource centers operate primarily
   49  through reliance on the voluntary donations and time of
   50  individuals who are committed to caring for the needs of women
   51  and promoting and protecting life, and
   52         WHEREAS, the Florida Senate strongly supports pregnancy
   53  resource centers in their unique, positive contributions to the
   54  individual lives of women, men, and babies — both born and
   55  unborn, and
   56         WHEREAS, the Florida Senate commends the compassionate work
   57  of tens of thousands of volunteers and paid staff at pregnancy
   58  resource centers in this state and across the United States, and
   59         WHEREAS, the Florida Senate disapproves of the actions of
   60  any national, state, or local groups attempting to prevent
   61  pregnancy resource centers from effectively serving women and
   62  men facing unplanned pregnancies, NOW, THEREFORE,
   64  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   66         That the members of the Florida Senate commend the
   67  compassionate work of the volunteers and staff at Florida’s
   68  pregnancy resource centers and recognize January 2012 as
   69  “Pregnancy Resource Center Month” in Florida.