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.”

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Governor Denies Women The Protection of a 72-hr Reflection Period

Missouri Right to Life Press Release

For Immediate Release
July 2, 2014

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

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

Missouri Right to Life is profoundly disappointed that Governor Nixon has taken this step to deny women in crisis pregnancies the protection of a 72-hr reflection period. HB 1307 will, when passed over the governor’s veto, extend the current 24-hour reflection period after consultation to 72 hours before a woman has an abortion. This extra time will allow a woman to reflect on all her options before deciding to go forward with an abortion. Governor Nixon has vetoed a bill that would save babies and protect women from abortion clinics seeking to make a profit on an abortion.

Abortion is a life-changing procedure. It ends the life of an unborn baby; a decision that can never be undone. The procedure can also be harmful to the mother. In making this decision, women need time to review all the medical information and the alternatives available. This bill provides that.

We urge all pro-life legislators of both political parties to vote to override the Governor’s veto of HB 1307.

2014 Legislative Session Wrap-Up: Many Successes – Few Disappointments

capitolMissouri Right to Life thanks the Missouri Legislature for the many successes of this legislative session.  There were true acts of courage and commitment to protecting innocent human life. We also want to thank our lobbyist Susan Klein for her tireless efforts and willingness to stand alone against great opposition to advance the legislative priorities of Missouri Right to Life.

Passage of the 72-hour Reflection Period, when signed by the Governor, will extend the current 24-hour reflection period after consultation with the abortionist to 72 hours. This law will allow women adequate time to make this life-changing decision.

Various pro-life programs have played a large part in the reduction of abortions in Missouri from a high of 21,761 in 1980 to 9,027 in 2012 (the latest figures available).  The Alternatives to Abortion program, which funds grants to pregnancy resource centers, and the Tax Credit Program for Pregnancy Resource Centers and Maternity Home donations were protected during this session.  The tax credit program cap was raised to $2.5 million from $2 million.  These programs provide assistance to women facing unplanned pregnancies.

Pro-life protective language was added to one $4.5 million program in HB 2007 to guarantee that these public funds would not be used to clone and kill embryos in the name of economic development.

In addition, MRL along with the help of courageous pro-life legislators working against incredible pressure from pro-cloning interest groups, stopped HB 1495 from passing without pro-life protective language that was stripped from the bill in the Senate.  The passage of this bill could have funded the cloning and killing of human embryos in the name of economic development.  These efforts prevented the taxpayers of Missouri from becoming partners in research that could have destroyed countless human embryos.

Missouri Right to Life testified in favor of and promoted the Show Me Healthy Babies Program as a stand-alone bill. When that bill did not advance, the language of the Healthy Babies Program was successfully amended on a different health care bill.  This bill is on its way to the governor.   This is a health insurance program for low income unborn children to ensure a healthy baby is born.

Also amended on that same health bill was language requiring the Department of Health and Senior Services to establish cord blood collection sites across the state for transportation to the St Louis Cord Blood Bank.  Missouri Right to Life also testified in favor of and promoted this original bill.

In spite of all these wonderful successes, it is a great disappointment that the Missouri legislature did not advance HB 1478 and/or SB 770.  HB 1478 and SB 770 would have statutorily required annual on-site inspections of abortion clinics.  While the language requiring one annual on-site inspection was amended to SB 660 in the House, a budget prioritization bill, that bill did not make it through the Senate in the last days of the session.  These inspection bills were critical to the safety of women seeking abortion services in Missouri.  Twenty-three ambulances have been called to the Planned Parenthood facility in St. Louis in the last 4 years.  In addition, after many complaints an inspection of that facility was done and numerous violations were recorded.  To views a list of those violations go to missourlife.org.

Senator Wayne Wallingford and Rep. Kathy Swan are committed to pre-file on December 1, of this year for the 2015 legislative session and bring back legislation for one annual on-site inspection of abortion clinics to ensure protection of women’s health care.

MRL will be reviewing all bills and amendments that passed in the final days and hours of the 2014 legislative session.  Look for a complete update in the next MRL news.

MO House Passes Budget Prioritization Bill Amended to Include One Annual On-Site Inspection of Abortion Clinics

Missouri Right to Life Press Release

For Immediate Release
May 15, 2014

For Information
573-635-5110
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The following statement can be attributed to Pam Fichter, President of Missouri Right to Life:

Yesterday, the Missouri House passed HCS SB 660. This bill, in addition to establishing priorities for the budget, will also place in statute requirements for one annual on-site inspection and lead to more accountability for abortion clinics. It will establish statutory requirements rather than relying solely on regulations for oversight of abortion clinics and will be less subject to the agenda of a particular agency or political party. Even though there are regulatory requirements for clinic inspections, the most recent report on Planned Parenthood shows that these aren’t being enforced.

Atrocities at abortion clinics in Pennsylvania and Texas and multiple violations of health requirements at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood facility where 23 ambulances have been called in the last 4 years illustrate the need for this legislation. A number of these emergencies occurred in 2013 even after an inspection showed some of the following clinic and personnel risks were supposedly corrected.

St. Louis Planned Parenthood Health Violations:

  • Violations of infection prevention protocol
  • Rusty surgical tables, suction abortion machines, IV stands, and other equipment
  • “Copious amounts of dust” in surgical rooms and on equipment
  • Retained left-over drugs that were to be destroyed after a single use
  • Expired drugs
  • Expired postpartum balloons used to reduce hemorrhage after abortion
  • Lack of appropriate drug-handling policies
  • Hiring individuals without performing a mandated search of the Employee Disqualification List

With these types of violations and the apparent medical emergencies that have taken place at the Planned Parenthood in St Louis, one safety inspection per year is the bare minimum necessary to promote safety for the women turning to this facility.

We call upon the Missouri Senate to take up and pass HCS SB 660 to provide oversight of abortion facilities and provide safety for all Missouri women.

Legislation Extending the 24-Hour Reflection Period to 72 Hours Sent to Governor

Missouri Right to Life Press Release

For Immediate Release
May 15, 2014

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

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

Yesterday, the Missouri House truly agreed to and finally passed SCS HCS HB 1307 & 1313, by a vote of 111 to 40. This bill extends the current 24-hour reflection period after consultation to 72 hours before a woman has an abortion. This extra time will allow a woman to reflect on all her options before deciding to go forward with an abortion. This legislation will save babies and protect women from abortion clinics seeking to make a profit on an abortion.

Abortion is a life-changing procedure. It ends the life of an unborn baby, a decision that can never be undone. The procedure can also be harmful to the mother. In making this decision, women need time to review all the medical information and the alternatives available if she decides not to abort her child. This bill provides that. Among the options to be considered is seeking help from Pregnancy Resource Centers and Maternity Homes which serve women in crisis pregnancies by providing help to a woman during her pregnancy and for her and her child after birth.

Missouri Right to Life thanks all the legislators from both the House and Senate who voted for SCS HCS HB 1307 & 1313. We now call upon Governor Nixon to sign this important life-saving legislation.

Sponsors of HB 1307 & 1313 are Reps. Kevin Elmer and Keith Frederick. Sponsor of the senate version of the bill, SB 519 is Senator Sater.

MO Senate Passes Legislation That Extends The 24-Hour Reflection Period To 72-Hours

Missouri Right to Life Press Release

For Immediate Release
May 13, 2014

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

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

Early this morning the Senate passed SCS HCS HB 1307 & 1313, by a vote of 22 to 9. This bill extends the current 24-hour reflection period after consultation to 72 hours before a woman has an abortion. This extra time will allow a woman to reflect on all her options before deciding to go forward with an abortion. This legislation will save babies and protect women from abortion clinics seeking to make a profit on an abortion.

Abortion ends the life of an unborn baby, a decision that can never be undone. The procedure can also be harmful to the mother. Certainly it can be a life-changing procedure. During this reflection period a woman has time to review all the medical information and the alternatives available if she decides not to abort her child. Among those options is seeking help from Pregnancy Resource Centers and Maternity Homes which serve women in crisis pregnancies by providing help to a woman during her pregnancy and for her and her child after birth.

Missouri Right to Life thanks all the Senate members who voted for SCS HCS HB 1307 & 1313 for their support. We now call upon the members of the House to take up and finally pass the Senate version of the bill. While Missouri Right to Life strongly supports the House language that would have included a video for women to review before an abortion offered by Rep. Linda Black, we recognize that in these final days of the session that the bill cannot be sent back to the Senate.

Sponsors of HB 1307 & 1313 are Reps. Kevin Elmer and Keith Frederick. Sponsor of the senate version of the bill, SB 519 is Senator Sater.

ACTION ALERT: Urgent! Calls Are Needed

capitolUrgent! Calls are needed to your Representative in the Missouri House and your Missouri State Senator. Session ends May 16 at 6:00 p.m.

Call your legislator today!  Your calls are important!

If you are unsure of who your representative and senator are go to our websitewww.missourilife.org and in the lower left sidebar there is a search engine using your 9-digit zip code.  Your calls are essential to the passage of these bills!

Ask your legislator to:

Please, do all they can to advance the following pro-life bills:

  1.  abortion clinic inspection bills (HCS HB 1478 & SCS SB 770);
  2.  the 72 hour waiting period (HCS HB’s 1307 & 1313 & SB 519);
  3.  conscience protections for medical professionals (HB 1430);
  4. an increase in tax credits for those donating to Pregnancy Resource Center and Maternity Homes (SCS HB 1132 & SCS SB’s 638 & 647);
  5. parental notification (SCS HB 1192); and,
  6. keep the pro-life language of 196.1127 in its entirety on multiple economic development bills (HB 1495, HB 1501, HB 1583 & SB 912 and any bills where Missouri Right to Life requests the language).

After you have called your Representative and Senator, please call President Pro-Tem of the Senate, Tom Dempsey at 573-751-1141 and Speaker of the House, Tim Jones at 573-751-0562 and ask them to advance these important pro-life bills.

See latest Legislative report here:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2014/update2014-05-03.html 

Please call today!

And, get your family, friends and neighbors to call over the next couple of days!

MO Legislative Upate 5/2/14

capitolThis week we saw the House and Senate take action to ensure the final passage of the benevolent tax credit bills within this legislative session, SCS HB 1132 and SCS SB’s 638 & 647.

Representative Kevin Engler and Representative Jeanie Riddle, Sponsors of the House bill and Senator Gary Romine, Sponsor of the Senate bill have worked diligently to get an increase in tax credits for PRC’s and Maternity Homes.

These omnibus benevolent tax credit bills include increasing the amount of tax credits for contributions to pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes available in each fiscal year from $2 million to $2.5 million dollars.

These bills have garnered strong bi-partisan support throughout the legislative process and should be sent to the Governor soon.  We thank all House and Senate members who have voted for these important bills.

Watch for action alerts requesting calls to your legislators.

Click here to read the full legislative report.

MO Legislative Update 4/25/14

capitolOur State Legislators have just 3 weeks left to pass pro-life legislation in the 2014 legislative session.

Although several pro-life bills have passed the House, these bills have floundered in the Missouri State Senate due to the pro-abortion filibuster.

Abortion clinic inspections, the 72 hour waiting period, conscience rights for medical professionals and researchers and parental notification are just a few life-saving bills that the Republican leaders in our Missouri State Senate have in their hands to pass.  These bills will save multiple innocent little human lives.  Will they choose one or more?  Will they allow the pro-abortion few to control the majority?  We will know in 3 weeks.

Also, at very high risk in these last 3 weeks is pro-life language on open-ended life sciences research economic development bills.  At this time, many Republicans have worked with Missouri Right to Life to place pro-life protections on these bills.  But, the cloning lobby is putting tremendous pressure on our pro-life legislators.  Please pray that our pro-life legislators will stand strong to keep the pro-life protections of 196.1127 on these open-ended economic development bills.

Watch for action alerts requesting calls to your legislators.

Click here for the full report.

MO Legislative Update 4/4/14

capitolThe Missouri Senate took another step last week to move forward on passing legislation to give more accountability and oversight for abortion clinic inspections.

The Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee voted SCS SB 770 do pass on Thursday, April 3.  Senator Wayne Wallingford is the Sponsor of this important life-saving legislation.

Thank you to the 5 Senators who voted in committee to move this bill forward:  Sen. Bob Dixon, Chairman, Senator Ed Emery, Vice-Chairman, Senator Joe Keaveny, Senator Rob Schaaf and Senator Eric Schmitt.

After being reported in to the full senate, SCS SB 770 will move to the Senate Calendar and await debate and passage.  Pray for the passage of SCS SB 770!

Click here for the full update.

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