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!

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MO Legislative Update 3/28/14

Highlights:

HCS HB 1478, the abortion clinic inspection bill, was voted do pass out of the House Health Care Policy Committee, Wednesday, March 26 and now moves to the Rules Committee before moving to the House Calendar for debate.

SB 660, passed the Senate, Thursday, March 27 and is on its way to the House. SB 660 Designates the priority for the state with respect to any funding for family planning services.

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Tune in for a Pro-Life Legislative Update

bott-radio-networkPlease tune in to your local Bott Radio Network station today at 2:00 pm for an interview with Missouri Right to Life president, Pam Fichter, on the pro-life legislation making it’s way through the Missouri Legislature this session.

More than 30 pro-life bills have been filed during this legislative session. This speaks of the strength of the pro-life community in Missouri, the resolve of our pro-life legislators and the effectiveness of MRL and MRL PAC in electing these dedicated civil servants.

Find your local station or listen online at http://www.bottradionetwork.com/

MRL Rally Coincides With Abortion Bills’ Passage

On the heels of Missouri Right to Life’s “Show Me Life” Pro-life Action Day, the House gave final approval last Wednesday to HB 1307 and HB 1192. And the following day the House also gave approval to HB 1132.

These bills will save babies and protect all women, both adults and minors, from abortion clinics seeking to make a profit on an abortion.

See the following Press Releases for more Information on Passage of These Three Pro-Life Bills:
http://www.missouririghttolife.org/news/2014/2014-03-12.html
http://missourilife.org/news/2014/2014-03-13.html

Thank you to all House Members that Voted for These Life-Saving Pro-Life Bills!

Click here for the full legislative update on these and other pro-life bills filed this session. So far, 32 pro-life bills have been filed during this legislative session. This speaks of the strength of the pro-life community in Missouri, the resolve of our pro-life legislators and the effectiveness of Missouri Right to Life and MRL PACs in electing these dedicated civil servants.

MO House Passes Legislation That Increases Tax Credit Dollars for Pregnancy Resource Centers and Maternity Homes

Missouri Right to Life Press Release

For Immediate Release
March 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:

Another pro-life bill passes on the heels of Missouri Right to Life’s “Show Me Life” Pro-life Action Day. The House gave final approval today to HB 1132. This bill will save babies and protect all women, both adultsand minors by giving more dollars for pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes to help women in crisis pregnancies. The assistances given to women in these PRC’s and maternity homes helps them choose life for their unborn child and protects them from the dangers of abortion.

HB 1132 is sponsored by Rep. Kevin Engler as well as Rep. Jeanie Riddle, who amended the bill with similar language.

HB 1132 passed the House with bi-partisan support and now moves to the Senate for consideration. HB 1132 passed by a vote of 113 to 36. Missouri Right to Life thanks all the House members, both Republicans and Democrats, for their support of this life-saving legislation.

Misouri House Passes Legislation That Extends Reflection Period to 72 Hours and Requires Parental Notification

Missouri Right to Life Press Release

For Immediate Release
March 12, 2014                                                                                              

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

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

On the heels of Missouri Right to Life’s “Show Me Life” Pro-life Action Day, the House gave final approval yesterday to HB 1307 and HB 1192. These bills will save babies and protect all women, both adults and minors, from abortion clinics seeking to make a profit on an abortion.

HB 1307 sponsored by Reps. Kevin Elmer (Dist. 139) and Keith Frederick (Dist. 121) extends the current 24-hour reflection period before a woman has an abortion to 72 hours. This extra time allows a woman to reflect on all her options and risks before deciding to abort her child. An amendment was added to the bill on the floor of the House by Rep. Linda Black (Dist.117) stating that a woman must watch a video summarizing the alternatives to abortion material given to her as required by state statute. Among those alternatives 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 child after birth.

HB 1192, sponsored by Rep. Rocky Miller (Dist.124) requires both guardians or custodial parents of a minor be notified before an abortion is performed. Currently, state law requires consent of one custodial parent or guardian. When a minor child seeks an abortion, both custodial parents have a right to be informed. Abortion has multiple risks and consequences including physical, psychological and emotional. Minor children need the care and concern of both parents in making this decision. The bill includes protections against parents who have been convicted of sexual abuse of that minor or whose parental rights have been terminated. An amendment was added to the bill on the floor of the House by Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger (Dist.108) protecting the first amendment rights of pregnancy resource centers.

Both bills passed the House with bi-partisan support. HB 1307 passed by a vote of 115 to 39. HB 1192 passed by a vote of 116 to 36. Missouri Right to Life thanks all the House members, both Republicans and Democrats, for their support of this life-saving legislation.

Action Alert — Keep Up Those Calls to Governor Nixon, Ask Others to Call!

The Governor has until July 14 to sign or veto this pro-life bill – If he takes no action this bill will go into effect at the end of August automatically.

If he vetoes the bill, then we will be headed to veto session in mid-September and pro-lifers will call on their legislators to override the Governor’s veto.

The question here is, “Will the Governor be pro-active and sign this bill in order to protect innocent human lives?”

Call Governor Nixon’s office and ask him to sign the following pro-life bill:
 
HB 400 – The bill to ban web-cam abortions.

Governor Nixon’s phone number is 573-751-3222

Governor Nixon Signs Bill to Protect Pharmacy Owners

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

Missouri Right to Life is grateful to the Governor for signing SB 126 sponsored by Senator David Sater, District 29.  This legislation simply says that licensed pharmacies cannot be required to carry or maintain in inventory any specific drug or device.  This will give protection to pharmacy owners from lawsuits by those who would seek to force them to carry abortifacient drugs or devices.

Although this legislation is not specific to the abortion issue, the broad language covers pharmacy owners who would seek to stand on their religious and moral beliefs not to carry abortifacient drugs or devices.

Missouri Right to Life Applauds Legislature for Passage of Multiple Pro-Life Bills

Missouri Right to Life
Press Release
 
For Immediate Release                                                                                  For Information
May 17, 2013                                                                                                 573-635-5110
314-966-3889

Missouri Right to Life applauds the Missouri Legislature for passing several pieces of legislation protecting innocent human life. They include:
HB 400, a ban on web-cam abortions;

SB 126, giving protection to pharmacy owners not to be forced to stock any drug or device, including abortion drugs;

SB 20, restoration of tax credits for people donating to agencies offering alternatives to abortion;

SB 256, extending the safe place for newborn drop-off from 5 days to 45 days and expanding the list of places for drop-off to include maternity homes and pregnancy resource centers;

SS HB 184, pro-life protective language on “Missouri Works” economic development program, which passed today with a vote of 98 to 59;

Renewal of funding for alternatives to abortion agencies in HB 5, Office of Administration budget;

Pro-life protective language on HB 7, which funds the Dept. of Economic Development ensuring that the Missouri Technology Corporation will not be able to use these public funds on human cloning and research that destroys human life.
The following can be attributed to Pam Fichter, President of Missouri Right to Life:

The Missouri legislature has recognized the will of the people of Missouri to protect innocent human life. The different bills will protect women from unsafe web-cam abortions and will help ensure that women are not forced into an abortion decision because the help and support she needed to choose life for her child was not available. They will protect the conscience rights of pharmacy owners. Pro-life language on economic development programs will ensure that financial gain will not come through the creation and/or destruction of human beings in the first stages of development.

We thank Speaker Tim Jones and Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey and other leaders in the House and Senate along with the individual sponsors of these bills. They include Rep. Jeanie Riddle and Sen. Wayne Wallingford (HB 400), Sen. David Sater (SB 126), Sens. Bob Dixon and Ron Richard (SB 20), Sen. Ryan Silvey (SB 256), Rep. Stanley Cox (HB 184) and Rep. Rick Stream and Sen. Kurt Schaefer (HB 5 and 7).

MO Senate Passes Ban on Web-cam Abortions; MRL Calls on House to Finally Pass and Send HB 400 to Gov.

Missouri Right to Life

Press Release

For Immediate Release

May 7, 2013

For Information

573-635-5110

314-966-3889

Missouri Senate Passes Ban on Web-cam Abortions;

MRL Calls on House to Finally Pass and Send HB 400 to the Governor

Missouri Right to Life applauds those in the Missouri legislature who voted for HB 400. The original bill passed the House with a bipartisan veto-proof majority of 115 to 39. The amended bill passed the Senate with a veto-proof majority of 23 to 7. Amendments to the bill require that the House vote to confirm the Senate amendments. The bill will then move to the Governor’s desk.

“This legislation bans web-cam abortions in Missouri and ensures that women will meet with a doctor in person at the time she begins the RU 486 abortion. This legislation protects women from those in the abortion industry who seek to profit from RU 486 abortions by providing sub-standard care to women,” said Pam Fichter, president of Missouri Right to Life.

“RU 486, the two-drug regimen, can cause severe bleeding and cramping. It can fail to abort the baby and can cause birth defects. Often these women deliver a dead baby by themselves. The drug can cause toxic shock and death. The FDA requires the notice of the possibility of death on the label of Mifeprex, the first pill taken,” stated Fichter.

“When web-cam abortions began in Iowa, the number of abortion clinics increased from 5 to 17, continued Fichter. We do not want this happening in Missouri. We urge the House to finally pass HB 400. We call upon Governor Nixon to sign this life-saving legislation.”

We thank the sponsors of this bill, Representative Jeanie Riddle and Senator Wayne Wallingford, the House and Senate leadership and all those that voted for this important legislation.

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