Alternatives to Abortion Program
About the Program
The Alternatives to Abortion Program was established in 2007 through Section 188.335 RSMo. The program is designed to assist women in carrying their unborn child to term instead of having an abortion, and to assist them in caring for their child or placing their child for adoption. Services are available during pregnancy and for one year following birth.
Goals of the program
- Reduce abortions and improve pregnancy outcomes by helping women practice sound health-related behaviors, including decreasing the use of tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs and by improving their nutrition.
- Improve child health and development by helping parents provide more responsible and competent care for their children.
- Improve families’ economic self-sufficiency by helping parents develop a vision for their own future, continue their education and find a job.
- Prenatal care
- Medical and mental health care
- Parenting skills education
- Drug and alcohol testing and treatment
- Newborn and infant care
- Child care
- Educational services
- Food, clothing and supplies related to pregnancy, newborn care and parenting
- Adoption assistance
- Job training and placement
- Establishing and promoting responsible paternity
- Ultrasound services
- Case management
- Domestic abuse protection
Where to Go for Help?
Select a county from the drop down box or click on a county on the map to view organizations providing alternatives to abortion services.
The Alternatives to Abortion Program is available to women who are Missouri residents and who:
- Are at or below 200 percent of federal poverty level based on the client or family income; and
- Are choosing to carry their child to term instead of having an abortion
Services are provided at no cost to participants meeting the eligibility requirements outlined in the section above.