The group honored the Missouri Republican with its Lifetime Achievement Award in Public Affairs.
Bond said fighting for healthy babies and mothers is one of the most cherished of his career. He said he will continue the effort during his remaining time in the Senate.
Bond's office said he got a law passed in 1998 that was the first national strategy for birth defects prevention, surveillance and research.
He also worked on legislation to prevent preterm births and encourage women of childbearing age to take folic acid everyday.