America First Previews the “HOPE Agenda”

April 11, 2024

Empowering Women, Protecting Life, Supporting Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) previewed its HOPE Agenda, a pro-life, pro-family framework aimed at caring for the two lives involved, the mother and child, and providing support to women, children, and those seeking fertility treatments. This set of policy initiatives follows former President Donald J. Trump’s recent reaffirmation of his pro-life stance.

The HOPE (Health, Opportunity, Prosperity, Empowerment) Agenda is a comprehensive 20-point plan designed to empower women in motherhood, adoption, foster care, and fertility treatments while reducing the number of abortions and providing support in challenging situations, including mental health needs.

“After five decades of tireless advocacy, the pro-life movement succeeded in returning decisions regarding abortion policies to state-elected representatives through the landmark Dobbs decision. We now have an opportunity to prioritize a broader set of pro-life and pro-family principles that compassionately care for the lives of both the woman and unborn child,” said Brooke Rollins, President and CEO of AFPI. “Protecting life isn’t just policy; it’s a commitment to supporting women, children, and those pursuing parenthood. The HOPE Agenda upholds the sanctity of every life and offers support to those with financial barriers and those seeking fertility treatments, ensuring access to the journey of parenthood for all.”

The HOPE Agenda empowers women with specific policies such as:

  • Addressing legal and financial barriers to adoption and foster care through specific tax credits and full participation of the faith community.
  • Enhancing healthcare access to improve outcomes and reduce maternal mortality with coordinated care, public-private partnerships, and education.
  • Supporting pregnancy resource centers, community health centers, and other programs that help women in need by providing counseling and necessities such as diapers and formula.
  • Prioritizing the health of women and their babies by requiring in-person ultrasounds to assess pregnancies fully and make counseling available before women undergo abortion.
  • Allowing courts to award child support to mothers while a child is in the womb.
  • Changing tax laws so expectant mothers can claim a dependent/child tax deduction on their federal taxes in the year the baby was conceived, even if born in the following year, saving the mother up to $3,600.
  • Requiring companies that cover abortion costs to provide the same level of coverage for pro-family measures such as infertility treatments or costs associated with adoption.
  • Expanding access to affordable childcare and increasing paid family and medical leave, offering women tangible resources to help them and their children.
  • Supporting the long-standing exceptions for the victims of rape and incest, protecting the life of the mother, and ensuring babies born alive receive life-saving medical care.

Additionally, the HOPE Agenda acknowledges the need to reject abortion extremism and expose radical late-term abortions. Six states plus Washington, D.C., do not have any state-level restrictions regarding abortion, meaning late-term elective abortion is allowed despite babies being able to survive outside the womb. Putting America First means upholding our values by protecting the most vulnerable.

“Through this policy plan, we extend a guiding hand to all women, children, and families pursuing parenthood,” Rollins added. “We recognize that every situation is unique and vow to provide the care and support they deserve.”

Read the full HOPE Agenda policy framework here.

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