Blog by Jacinta Florence, Students for Life’s Missouri Regional Coordinator.
On April 14th, 2021, House Bill 917 was heard before a committee in Jefferson City, Missouri, the same day as the Midwest March for Life. SFLA Western Regional Director Reagan Barklage and I both submitted written testimonies in support of this bill. HB-917 was written by Representative Mary Elizabeth Coleman that would allow candidates and office holders to use campaign funds for childcare expenses that result directly from campaigning for office, or in connection with their duties of public office.
Students for Life’s Standing With You initiative (formerly known as Pregnant On Campus) supports pregnant and parenting moms and seeks to empower and equip those who are parenting whether on campus or in the workforce. We know how crucial the availability of resources and support are to healthy, successful families. HB-917 shows that parenting moms and dads can have their careers and take care of their children as well. As most families have a dual income, which means both parents work, HB-917 would allow for parents to obtain necessary childcare so they can provide for their families financially.
Reagan mentioned in her written testimony that she herself is a working mom with two little boys under two. Reagan’s position as a working mother is that this legislation would help alleviate some of the pressures working parents feel, giving them the confidence that their children are cared for while they dedicate time and energy to serving the people of their state.
The truth is that women can have both their baby and their career. HB-917 has not yet been voted on by the House Elections and Elected Officials. We will keep you updated!