Healthy Moms Healthy Babies Appropriations Bill
H.B. 4189 – Rep. Mary Whiteford
H.B. 4189 was introduced on February 9, 2021 and was referred to the House Appropriations Committee. On February 10, 2021 a hearing was held and Right to Life of Michigan provided testimony in support of the bill.
H.B. 4189 is a supplemental appropriations bill for various departments to augment the Governor’s Healthy Moms Healthy Babies program. The bill would appropriate money for marketing and advertising for infant adoptions, dispense monies to Pregnancy Resource Centers, and provide funding for the Pregnant and Parenting Student Services fund.
Last year the Governor created the Healthy Moms Healthy Babies program to help reduce infant mortality and negative birth outcomes. It is a multi-million-dollar program with noble aims and includes home nurse visits, money for childcare, and increases in wages for front line workers. As part of the plan to help struggling moms, H.B. 4189 has targeted funding to pregnancy resource centers, college outreach programs, and advertising adoption over abortion.
For several years, the state funded a program called Real Alternatives which was comprised of several pregnancy centers. Governor Whitmer vetoed appropriated money in the budget for that program, and subsequently, Real Alternatives no longer operates in Michigan. There are, however, over 150 pregnancy centers operating in Michigan—none of which receive any state funding.