(RightWing.org) – Officials in Mississippi have announced a new app aimed at helping the state’s mothers-to-be. The online tool will make it easier for them to find and access the resources they need through and after pregnancy. The announcement ties in with this year’s annual March for Life.
On January 16, Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch (R) announced that the state will soon be bringing its Mississippi Access to Maternal Assistance (MAMA) mobile app online. The app has been developed from a website the state launched last October, which promised to connect mothers to pregnancy-related services with no more than three clicks. So far, more than 7,000 people have visited the site. Fitch hopes to build on that success by making information and services even easier to find.
Unveiling the project, Fitch said Mississippi is “blessed with countless public and private resources,” but the problem is they can be hard to find — especially for a pregnant woman or new mother, who has a lot of other things to do. She said the MAMA app will let women find everything they could need, from food to shelter to childcare, quickly and easily. It also ties into the state’s adoption system for women who are pregnant but don’t want to keep the baby.
It might seem unusual for a pregnancy-related app to be run by the Office of the Attorney General, but Fitch is a strong advocate for motherhood. In June 2020, she petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn the 1973 Roe v Wade law that gave the federal government power over abortion rights. Her petition was a key step toward the June 24, 2022, Supreme Court decision that overturned the law.
Helping expectant and new mothers access services is a logical next step for Fitch. She’s acted to protect babies in the womb, now she’s taking steps to make sure they have the best possible start in life.
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