For Immediate Release
Contact: Sullivan for Congress
Sullivan Endorses "95-10" Abortion Reduction Initiative
(MANCHESTER)- State Rep. Peter Sullivan today endorsed the congressional 95-10 Initiative.
The 95-10 Initiative is a package of legislative proposals aimed at reducing the number of abortions in America by 95% over the next ten years.
"Too often, the abortion debate generates more light than heat", said Sullivan. "It's time foir both sides to seek out common ground and search for ways to reduce the number of abortions in our country."
"The 95-10 Initiative is a valuable step forward in the abortion debate. It emphasizes counseling and prevention, provides pregnant women with thehealth and nutrition resources they need, and supports efforts to promote adoption as a viable option. This initiative deserves the support of everyone who values the dignity of human life, be they pro-life or pro-choice."
The 95-10 Initiative is sponsored in Congress by Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH). Several prominent Democrats have endorsed the measure, including former 9-11 Commissioner Tim Roemer, U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) and U.S. Reps. Bart Stupak (D-MI), Colin Peterson (D-MN), and Bart Gordon (D-TN).
State Rep. Peter Sullivan is serving his third term as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. An attorney and a former officer in the Army National Guard, he resides in Manchester with his wife, Katya.
Note: A list of several policy provisions of the 95-10 Initiative follow:
Require SCHIP to cover pregnant women
- Mandate SCHIP coverage for pregnant women.
- Expanding coverage to pregnant women through Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and to newborns through the first full year of life.
Fully Fund Federal WIC Program
- Special Nutrition for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is funded at about $4.9 billion, which advocates say is $268 million less than what's needed to serve the current 7.86–7.90 million participants.
- The administration expects 8.2 million pregnant women, infants, and young children to be served by the program. Thus, this analysis assumes that an eight percent reduction translates into 670,000 fewer people being served (which is eight percent of 8.2 million).
- The administration alsoproposes placing an overall cap on all non-defense, non-Homeland Security discretionary spending for the next five years. By 2010, those discretionary caps could force 660,000 recipients to lose WIC in 2010. Between 2006 and 2010, the WIC cuts could total $657 million.
- In addition, it is estimated that every dollar spent on WIC results in between $1.77 and $3.13 in Medicaid savings for newborns and their mothers (Food Research and Action Center).
Provide Ultrasound Equipment
- Provide grants to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations for the purchase of ultrasound equipment to provide free examinations to pregnant women needing such services. This equipment will be operated by licensed professionals
Federal Funding for Pregnancy Prevention Education
- Provide grants to school districts that are in need of funds to administereffective, age-appropriate pregnancy prevention education.
Federal Funding for Abortion Counseling and Daycare on University Campuses
- Provide grants for universities and colleges to support pregnant women; provide resources and support to help women continue their education if they keep their child or make an adoption plan for their child. These grants will help universities establish an on-campus office for counseling, referral, and parenting services for pregnant women and daycare services for parents.
Increase Funding for Domestic Violence Programs
- Offer additional federal funding for programs that have received grants by the Department of Justice for providing counseling and shelter for women and children in crisis pregnancies.
Provide Grants to States to Help in the Implementation of Safe Haven Laws
- Forty-six states now have some type of safe haven legislation. (The following states do not have safe haven legislation: AK, HI (Vetoed 7/2/03), NE and VT.) Most of the laws designate hospitals, emergency medical services, fire stations and police stations as safe locations. One exception is New York, which stipulates that the baby may be left with a suitable person or may be left in a suitable location so long as an appropriate person is promptly notified.