There are a variety of grants and loans available for pregnant women through the federal government. Some are for government agencies only, but others trickle down and benefit pregnant women directly.
Grants for Abstinence Education
The "Adolescent Family Life-Demonstration Projects" program is a grant for pregnant and parenting teens, especially those under the age of 17. The grant provides for care and prevention services, and particularly focuses on educating the youth to abstain from sexual activity.
Government Food Grant
Another grant is the "Commodity Supplemental Food Program". State agencies can apply to receive supplemental USDA foods to provide to low-income pregnant women and their children.
The Department of Health and Human Services offers the "Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant to the States", to provide better health care options to pregnant women, mothers and children, who do not have satisfactory health care.
The "Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children" (WIC), through the Department of Agriculture, provides supplemental foods and nutrition education, to pregnant women with financial challenges and their children.
Federal Student Aid
Pregnant women are eligible to apply for federal student aid through the "Free Application for Federal Student Aid" (FAFSA), which is affiliated with the U.S. Department of Education.
Pregnant Women Support Act
A proposed House bill, the "Pregnant Women Support Act," provides agencies with grants to educate women,offer alternatives to abortion, allow clinics to purchase ultrasound equipment, and for colleges to receive funding to enable their pregnant students to stay in school while expecting.
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