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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!”
President, Missouri Right to Life
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.
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!
Missouri Right to Life Press Release
For Immediate Release
October 6, 2014
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.
Missouri Right to Life Press Release
For Immediate Release
September 11, 2014
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.
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.
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
“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.”
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