The State of Arkansas finished Fiscal Year 2023 earlier this summer. Data reported on the state’s official government transparency website show Arkansas successfully awarded $1 million in publicly funded grants to pro-life pregnancy help organizations across the state over the past 12 months.
Since the 2022 Dobbs decision reversing Roe v. Wade, state legislatures around the country have bolstered state funding for pregnancy help organizations that provide women with alternatives to abortion.
In Ohio, lawmakers raised the state’s biannual budget for pregnancy resource centers this year from $6 million to $14 million.
In Tennessee this year, legislators appropriated $20 million for pro-life organizations that provide alternatives to abortion. Florida’s state budget allocates $30 million pregnancy help organizations.
Texas offers $100 million per biennium for its abortion alternatives program.
Last year the Arkansas Legislature passed an appropriation measure budgeting $1 million for publicly-funded grants to pro-life pregnancy-help organizations — such as crisis pregnancy centers, maternity homes, adoption agencies, and social services agencies — that provide material support to women with unplanned pregnancies.
Many of these organizations provide everything from ultrasounds and pregnancy tests to maternity clothes and adoption referrals — typically free of charge. They often operate on very tight budgets and rely heavily on volunteers and donations.
This year the Arkansas Legislature voted to provide $1 million in grant funding for pregnancy help organizations that offer women and families alternatives to abortion.
Below is a breakdown of pro-life organizations and the amount of grant funding each received during Fiscal Year 2023.
|INFORMED CHOICES WOMENS CENTER OF THE OZ||$79,550.31|
|PLUM FOUNDATION||PEACE LOVE UNDERSTANDING MERCY||$60,189.47|
|PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER FOR SOUTHWEST||$60,143.68|
|SOUTH ARKANSAS CARING PREGNANCY CENTER||HANNAH PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER||$59,698.97|
|OPEN ARMS PREGNANCY CENTER INC||$59,134.74|
|ST JOSEPHS HELPERS OF PULASKI COUNTY||ARKANSAS PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER||$51,718.00|
|CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTER OF CENTRAL ARKAN||CARING HEARTS PREGNANCY CENTER||$51,708.12|
|HEART TO HEART PREGNANCY SUPPORT CENTER||$51,480.56|
|CENTRAL BAPTIST ASSOCIATION||NEW BEGINNINGS PREGNANCY CENTER||$46,812.36|
|COMPASSION MINISTRIES LTD||$46,221.47|
|HOPE OF THE DELTA CENTER||$44,161.00|
|HOPEPLACE – FORDYCE||$43,936.00|
|PREGNANCY HELP CENTER||PREGNANCY HELP CLINIC||$41,210.00|
|ARKANSAS BAPTIST CHILDRENS HOME & FAMILY||CONNECTED FOSTER CARE & ADOPTIONS||$39,962.50|
|PATHWAY RESOURCE CENTER||$37,962.08|
|ALPHA PREGNANCY PROBLEM CENTER OF BATESV||THE ALPHA CENTER INC||$32,768.00|
|CHANGEPOINT PREGNANCY CARE AND PARENTING||$31,789.47|
|ACTS OF HOPE INC||$26,230.96|
|CRADLE THE MATERNITY SUPPORT CENTER OF C||KATHLEEN BLOSSOM||$25,613.97|
|RIGHT TO LIFE OF TEXARKANA INC||FIRST CHOICE PREGNANCY RESOURCE||$10,501.00|