MRL Statewide Meeting Rescheduled for December 6

Due to the threat of bad weather and not wanting anyone to be put in danger, we have decided to reschedule the meeting for December 6. It will still be at Immaculate Conception Parish but in Kertz Hall.

All other details remain the same. Please mark your calendar now and join us to hear Nancy Valko, past president of Nurses for Life, discuss the decline in medical ethics and the impact of that on the right to life in our state and nation.

Registration is required. Email or call: righttolife@missourilife.org or 573-635-5110.

Additional notices will be included in the next three Lifelines.

Join Us This Saturday for the MRL Statewide Meeting

nurse-for-lifeJoin us this Saturday, November 15th for a presentation by Nancy Valko, past president of Nurses for Life. Ms. Valko will discuss the decline in medical ethics and the impact of that on the right to life in our state and nation. Ms. Valko has both personal and professional experience in medical and ethical decisions for end-of-life care and non-heart beating organ donations.  

The presentation will be of special interest to all those in the medical profession as well as those making end-of-life legal and medical decisions. Other presentations will include an update on the legal challenges to Obamacare and the latest educational and legislative information.

The event is at Immaculate Conception Parish, Pleus Hall, 1206 E. McCarty, Jefferson City, 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early. Lunch is provided with free-will offering. Registration is required. Email or call righttolife@missourilife.org or 573-635-5110.

A Prayer for Election Day

baby_praying_hands[1]O God, we acknowledge you today as Lord,
Not only of individuals, but of nations and governments.
We thank you for the privilege
Of being able to organize ourselves politically
And of knowing that political loyalty
Does not have to mean disloyalty to you.
We thank you for your law,
Which our Founding Fathers acknowledged
And recognized as higher than any human law.
We thank you for the opportunity that this election
year puts before us,
To exercise our solemn duty not only to vote,
But to influence countless others to vote,
And to vote correctly.
Lord, we pray that your people may be awakened.
Let them realize that while politics is not their salvation,
Their response to you requires that they be politically active.
Awaken your people to know that they are
not called to be a sect fleeing the world
But rather a community of faith renewing the world.
Awaken them that the same hands lifted up to you in prayer
Are the hands that pull the lever in the voting booth;
That the same eyes that read your Word
Are the eyes that read the names on the ballot,
And that they do not cease to be Christians
When they enter the voting booth.
Awaken your people to a commitment to justice
To the sanctity of marriage and the family,
To the dignity of each individual human life,
And to the truth that human rights begin when human lives begin,
And not one moment later.
Lord, we rejoice today
That we are citizens of your kingdom.
May that make us all the more committed
To being faithful citizens on earth.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Priests for Life

We Like Women and Babies Too!

veto-rallyOn September 10, two diverse groups converged on the Missouri Capitol, both with supposedly the same goal – to protect Missouri women.

A small group of Planned Parenthood supporters in purple shirts gathered on the Capitol steps calling for opposition to the override of Gov. Nixon’s veto of the 72-hour reflection period. They held signs which said “Protect Missouri Women.”

Hundreds of Missouri Right to Life members and other groups supporting the override filled the Capitol rotunda in a sea of red shirts calling out, “We like women, yes we do. We like women, how about you?” Post-abortive women and those conceived in rape rallied the crowd with their personal witness of how abortion hurts women, calling for the increased reflection period.

But which group is truly interested in protecting women?

In the book Complications: Abortion’s Impact on Women, authors Angela Lanfranchi, Ian Gentles, and Elizabeth Ring-Cassidy document the devastating impact of induced abortion on women. After several years of intense and rigorous research, the authors outline their findings that abortion harms women physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually.

The authors present evidence that the link between abortion and breast cancer is incontrovertible with 56 studies showing a positive association. The book also documents immediate physical risks of abortion from injury, including perforation of the uterus, and infections – and subsequent problems such as miscarriage, placenta previa, infertility, and premature births.

Several large studies indicate a significantly higher maternal mortality from induced abortion than from childbirth. The psychological impact of abortion includes much higher rates of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicide. Post-abortive women are also more likely to contract autoimmune diseases.

Chemical abortions too are associated with various risks including fetal malformations in later pregnancies, fatal toxic shock syndrome, hemorrhages, and ectopic pregnancies. The overall failure rate of chemical abortions is at least four percent with some studies suggesting a failure rate as high as 80 percent.

World-wide studies show that sex-selective abortions overwhelmingly target baby girls. These sex-selective abortions have resulted in the loss of over 160 million girls, leaving an imbalance in the population of some countries, like China and India, that puts the remaining women at risk of sex abuse and sex trafficking.

Those in the purple shirts called for women to have less time to consider all of these risks. How can that protect women? As for those of us in red: “We like women, yes we do. We like women and babies, too!”

Blessings,
Pam Fichter

President, Missouri Right to Life

Press Conference Held for Ceremonial Bill Signing of 72-Hour Reflection Bill

On Wednesday, October 1, a press conference sponsored by Missouri Right to Life, Speaker Tim Jones and President Pro-Tem Tom Dempsey was held at the Freedom Center in Washington, MO for the ceremonial signing of HB’s 1307 & 1313.

bill-signing

This bill extending the 24 hour reflection period to 72 hours was passed during the regular session with strong bi-partisan support. The Missouri House and Senate then worked in the September veto session with strong bi-partisan support to override Governor Nixon’s veto of this life-saving bill.

The 72-hour reflection period will protect women and save the lives of innocent babies. More women are choosing life and walking into Pregnancy Resource Centers when they have time to reflect about their decision to carry their babies to term or to have an abortion or not.

The increase and protection of a reflection period from 24 to 72 hours will give women more time to really contemplate all their options and review the facts that abortion will have on them both physically and emotionally the rest of their lives, as well as the fact that abortion will take the life of their unborn child.

HB’s 1307 & 1313 will go into effect on Friday, Oct. 10. Missouri will join South Dakota and Utah as the only states in the nation to require a 72-hour reflection period before obtaining an abortion.

We thank our legislators, on both sides of the aisle, for their support of this life-saving legislation both during the regular session and then again in the veto session!

MRL Legislative Liaison, Susan Klein with President Pro-Tem Tom Dempsey and Speaker Tim Jones

MRL Legislative Liaison, Susan Klein with President Pro-Tem Tom Dempsey and Speaker Tim Jones

MRL Looks Forward to October 10th Implementation of 72-Hour Reflection Period

Missouri Right to Life Press Release

For Immediate Release
October 6, 2014

For Information
573-635-5110
314-966-3889

The following statement can be attributed to Pam Fichter, President of Missouri Right to Life:

Missouri Right to Life looks forward to the October 10th implementation of the 72-hour reflection period for women considering an abortion. We know that when mothers have the time to review all of their options, they are more likely to choose life for their unborn child.

Missouri is blessed with many organizations seeking to help women in crisis pregnancies. The additional time allowed by this law provides opportunities for mothers to seek the assistance they need to bring a healthy baby into the world.

Missouri Right to Life again thanks the Missouri legislators who worked and supported the passage of this legislation and to all those who voted to override Governor Nixon’s veto. This legislation will save many lives and will maintain Missouri’s position as one of the most pro-life states in the country.

MRL Annual Meeting and Statewide Educational and Leadership Forum

The annual membership meeting and the bi-annual educational and leadership forum of Missouri Right to life will take place on Saturday, November 15th. The guest speaker will be Nancy Valko, past president of Nurses for Life.

Ms. Valko will discuss the decline in medical ethics. As the former president of Nurses for Life, she has professional experience in medical and ethical decisions for end-of-life care and non heart beating organ donations.

All are welcome. Immaculate Conception Parish, Pleus Hall, 1206 E. McCarty, Jefferson City, 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Lunch provided with free-will offering. Please register at righttolife@missourilife.org or call 573-635-5110.

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