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Sen. Katie Britt introduces Bill to create Federal Database of Pregnant People

Alabama Senator Katie Britt, best known for delivering a bizarre, melodramatic televised response to President Biden’s 2024 State of the Union address, has introduced a bill to create a federal website to collect data on pregnant people.

The bill, the More Opportunities for Moms to Succeed Act (MOMS Act), would mandate the creation of a federal website called Pregnancy.gov, which Britt calls a “clearinghouse of relevant resources available for pregnant and postpartum women, and women parenting young children.”

The website would take users through series of questions, it claims, to generate a list of relevant resources of interest within the user’s zip code. The bill would also allow government officials to reach out to users for additional information.

The database would refer users to so-called “crisis pregnancy centers”; fake clinics that do not actually provide women with healthcare, but rather use deception and coercion to scare women away from getting an abortion, even if it necessary for their own health. 

The bill specifically forbids any entity that “performs, induces, refers for, or counsels in favor of abortions” from being listed in the database. This would eliminate almost every actual healthcare facility from being listed in the federal database, or pressure doctors away from making necessary healthcare referrals for fear of having their facility removed.

The bill also establishes a federal grant program to fund crisis pregnancy centers listed on the Pregnancy.gov database.

The bill specifically prohibits any grant funding from being awarded to any entity that provides or refers for abortions under the same parameters listed above, which again, eliminates almost every actual healthcare facility.

It’s very likely the government staffer that follows up with the website users will also be tasked with pressuring them out of seeking proper healthcare if it involves an abortion.

“This legislation is further evidence that you can absolutely be pro-life, pro-woman, and pro-family at the same time,” Britt said. “The MOMS Act advances a comprehensive culture of life, grows and strengthens families, and ensures moms have the opportunities and resources needed so they and their children can thrive and live their American Dreams.”

Multiple hospitals in Britt’s state of Alabama have closed down their labor and delivery units in response to a total abortion ban in that state. The Alabama Supreme Court also ruled that fertilized human embryos have legal personhood, effectively banning In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) procedures for infertile couples.

Robin Marty, head of the West Alabama Women’s Center in Tuscaloosa, said in response to the bill, “Alabama lost three labor and delivery wards in the last 12 months, and dumping federal grant money into pregnancy resource centers so there is more funding for diapers and formula after birth isn’t going to fix that medical gap.”

Republicans nationwide have been implementing draconian anti-choice laws affecting pregnant women and their doctors. In multiple Republican states such Idaho, Texas and Tennessee, Republicans have introduced “abortion trafficking” bills which would make it a felony to transport any pregnant person out of state to procure an abortion, or even drive them to the post office to get the abortion pill in the mail. 

The Biden Administration recently expanded federal healthcare privacy laws to forbid doctors and healthcare providers from complying with state subpoenas for medical records to shield women and their doctors from prosecution over abortion. 

Britt was universally condemned for a section of her State of the Union response speech wherein she discussed meeting with a sex trafficking victim at the U.S. border, and attempted to blame what happened to her on Biden’s border policies. The woman Britt was referring to was trafficked in Mexico City decades before Biden became President.

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