Missouri Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of Important Pro-life Legislation

Missouri Right to Life Press Release

For Immediate Release
September 11, 2014

For Information

The following statement can be attributed to Pam Fichter, President:

Late in the evening on September 10, the Missouri legislature gave final approval to override Governor Nixon’s veto of two very important pro-life bills and one line item veto of a budget increase for Missouri’s Alternatives to Abortion Program. To shut down the filibuster by pro-abortion senators the senate used the rare procedural maneuver of calling for the previous question.

The override of HB 1307 was passed with strong bi-partisan support by votes of 117 to 44 in the House and by 23 to 7 in the Senate. The override of HB 1132 also received bi-partisan support and was passed in the House by 123 to 36 and in the Senate by 27 to 2. The line item veto was overridden by a vote of 120 to 36 in the House and a vote of 28 to 1 In the Senate.

HB 1307 increases the time of reflection after counseling before an abortion can be performed from 24 hours to 72 hours. This reflection time gives a women time to contemplate her situation, research information about the dangers and consequences of abortion and review the help and resources that are available to her through the alternatives to abortion program and other sources.

HB 1132 increases the maximum funding available for pregnancy resource centers through tax credits. As abortions continue to decrease, see chart here, more and more women are choosing life and are in need of help and services. This increase in available funds for tax credits will help provide those services.

These bills work together to protect the women of Missouri and ensure that in this matter of life and death, they don’t make a decision that will have a detrimental effect on them both physically and emotionally. Pro-lifers across Missouri are so thankful and pleased that these bills are going into effect.

We thank the sponsors of these bills. We thank all the legislators who voted for these bills and these overrides. We are especially grateful to the Speaker of the House, Tim Jones and President Pro Tem of the Senate, Tom Dempsey.

MRL Joins Speaker Tim Jones for Press Conferences on Override Effort

Tim-JonesMissouri Right to Life will be joining Speaker Tim Jones for press conferences in:

Carthage, MO, Jasper County Courthouse, 10:30 a.m., Sept. 8

Springfield, MO, Pregnancy Resource Center, 1:00 p.m., Sept. 8

Jefferson City, Pregnancy Help Center of Central MO, 1:00 p.m. Sept. 9

to discuss upcoming efforts to override Governor Nixon’s vetoes on important pro-life measures.

“This year, Governor Nixon vetoed two of Missouri Right to Life’s highest-priority bills – the 72 hour abortion reflection period extension and the expansion of the tax credit for contributions to pregnancy resource centers. These two measures are vital to ensuring Missouri continues to lead the way on pro-life legislation, and we hope that the General Assembly will override the Governor’s vetoes on both when they convene for veto session.  Protecting life must be our state’s number one goal,” said Susan Klein, Legislative Liaison.

Action Needed: Veto Session Rally – Sept 10th – Join Us!

capitolCall your Senator and Representative today! Ask them to vote to override Governor Nixon’s veto of:

HB 1307 – Would guarantee that a woman has 72 hours to reflect on whether to have an abortion.

HB 1132 – Would increase the amount of tax credits available to pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes. These tax credits are saving lives!

Line Item Veto – With the override of HB 1132 the $500,000 vetoed in the budget bill would need to be restored by overriding the line item veto.

To find contact information for your legislators all you need is your 9 digit zip. Go to http://senate.mo.gov/ at lower left use legislator look up search.

Join us for all the excitement on Sept 10th. First, come to Selinger Center next to St. Peter Church to purchase a red Missouri Right to Life t-shirt or polo shirt. Then meet in the capitol rotunda for the override rally featuring pro-life speakers at 12:00 noon.

For more information, visit: http://www.missourilife.org/assets/2014veto_session_alert.pdf

Pro-Life Golf Tournament


The St. Charles Chapter of Missouri Right to Life will hold an inaugural golf tournament on Friday, September 12, from 12 noon until 5:00 pm. The tournament will be at The Links At Dardenne Golf Course, 7000 Brassel Dr., O’Fallon, MO.

The Tournament is a scramble with 4-person teams. If you sign up as a single, you will be placed on a team. Lunch and dinner is provided.

For more information, visit: http://www.missourilife.org/assets/2014golftournament.pdf

Exciting News for Kansas City Pro-Lifers

closedAs we reported in our Friday, August 1st Lifeline, the Kansas City abortion facility, Aid for Women, has closed its doors.  The closure of this Kansas City abortion facility brings the number of abortion center locations on the Kansas/Missouri border down to two.  We know many Missouri women were receiving abortions at this facility.

Tonight, Brian Westbrook, of Coalition for Life will join with pro-lifers in Kansas City for the “VICTORY” teleconference and webcast. “The bottom line is that the tide is turning and, with God’s help, I believe we’re on the brink of even bigger victories,” said Westbrook.

“Following this abortion facility closer the people of Kansas City went to God in prayer and have come up with an even greater way to expand their work and make an even greater impact. On tonight’s webcast and teleconference, I will help them announce those plans,” he continued.

The LIVE webcast and teleconference event is tonight Tuesday, August 5th, at 7 PM Central. Brian along with our friends in Kansas City will be sharing the plans for  … mobilizing more people … and making sure no more Missouri women are hurt by abortion.



Gov. Signs Omnibus Bills with Programs for Insurance for Unborn Babies and Promotes Cord Blood Donations

capitolOn Thursday, July 10, Governor Nixon signed bills that fund several Health Programs.  Among those programs was the “Show Me Healthy Babies” program that provides health insurance for unborn babies. Hopefully, this program will help mothers choose life for their babies.

Also included was a program to set up collection and transportation sites for umbilical cord blood donations. Umbilical cord blood contains adult stem cells that can be used for ethical treatments and research.

Thank you Missouri legislature for passing these bills and Governor Nixon for signing them into law.

Governor Vetoes Bill Increasing Tax Credit Dollars for PRCs and Maternity Homes

nixon2“Missouri Right to Life is very disappointed that Governor Nixon has vetoed the tax credit increase for pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes,” said Pam Fichter, President of Missouri Right to Life.

“This law, when passed over the governor’s veto, will save babies and protect women, both adults and minors by giving more dollars to pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes to help women in crisis pregnancies.”

Click for MRL press release

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