“Multiple charges of murder have come in the deaths discovered Friday in an Ozark mobile home, with one of those charges stemming from the death of an unborn child”…read more.
When an unborn child is killed by another human being, the State of Missouri may prosecute the death as a criminal homicide if the death occurs otherwise than by abortion. In 1986, the General Assembly passed a law that included two sentences that are the foundation of protecting unborn life in law: “(1) The life of each human being begins at conception”; and “(2) Unborn children have protectable interests in life, health, and well-being.” Mo. Rev. Stat. section 1.205.1. This law acknowledges basic biological reality: upon conception a new human comes into being who has his or her own life and unique genetic identity.
The appellate courts of Missouri have ruled more than once that the law means what it says, and the criminal deaths of unborn babies may be prosecuted. Unfortunately, the law cannot be enforced in cases involving abortions, because the United States Supreme Court has ruled since Roe v. Wade in 1973 that the U. S. Constitution forbids any “undue burden” from being placed in the way of aborting infants to death. The U. S. Constitution trumps any state laws that conflict with it.
“Further descriptions of how far the U. S. Supreme Court has carried its abortion dictates, but also what areas are still allowed for state legislation that can save the lives of unborn babies, may be found in MRL’s legal summary of abortion law, http://missourilife.org/legislation/currentlaw.html.
In one week — on March 10 — pro-lifers will gather in Jefferson City to stand for life. Your presence will make a difference!!
Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. in Jefferson City, MO, rally begins at Noon: 1st floor rotunda. Please print off this flyer and distribute to your pro-life friends, family and church members.
Don’t forget to wear RED for life!
Meet our featured speaker:
Carol Tobias is the president of the National Right to Life Committee, the nation’s oldest and largest pro-life organization. A native of North Dakota, she has served on the National Right to Life board of directors since 1987. From 1983 to 1991, she was executive director of North Dakota Right to Life and in 1991 was hired as National Right to Life Political Director, a position she held until 2005.
During her tenure as political director, pro-life majorities were elected to both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. In both 2000 and 2004, she oversaw the efforts of National Right to Life’s political action committee on behalf of George W. Bush.
She has appeared on ABC’s World News Tonight, NBC’s Today Show, CNN, The News Hour on PBS, C-SPAN, and Fox News Channel, as well as numerous television and radio programs throughout the country.
Please plan to attend!
Abortion Clinic Inspection Bill Passed the House – Now Moves to the Senate
HB 190 – Sponsor: Kathy Swan – Changes the laws regarding the protection of women’s health care, Abortion Clinic Inspections (Support)
Press Release – February 25, 2015: http://missourilife.org/news/2015/2015-02-25.html
House Third Read and Pass Roll Call Vote on HB 190: www.missourilife.org/assets/028.003.pdf
Bills Heard in Committee Last Week:
SB 259 – Sponsor: Wayne Wallingford – Designates the priority for the state with respect to any funding for family planning services – February 24, 2015 – Public Hearing Held in Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee
SB 302 – Sponsor: Jeanie Riddle – Requires referrals for out of state abortions to be accompanied by specified printed materials – February 24, 2015 – Public Hearing Held in Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee
Testimony in Support of SB 302: http://missourilife.org/legislation/2015/sb302.html
HB 113 – Sponsor: Bill E. Kidd – Establishes “Simon’s Law”, which changes the laws regarding life-sustaining or non-beneficial treatment policies of health care facilities (Support) – February 25, 2015 – Public Hearing Held in House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee.
Testimony in Support of HB 113: http://missourilife.org/legislation/2015/hb113.html
SB 422 – Sponsor: Rob Schaaf – Establishes “Simon’s Law”, which changes the laws regarding life-sustaining or non-beneficial treatment policies of health care facilities (Support) – February 26, 2015 – Public Hearing Held in Senate Veterans’ Affairs and Health Committee
Testimony in Support of SB 422: http://missourilife.org/legislation/2015/sb422.html
Click here for the full update with information on other bills we’re keeping an eye on.
Tom Schweich was a passionate and tireless public servant. Even though his position as auditor was not greatly impacted by the issue of life, Tom was committed to protecting the sanctity of innocent human life. He was an extremely intelligent person, and it was very obvious to all those who met him that he was concerned about the welfare of all Missourians. We extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to the family of State Auditor Tom Schweich.
Missouri House Passes Women’s Protection Act
Requiring Annual Inspection of Abortion Facilities
The following statement can be attributed to Steve Rupp, president of Missouri Right to Life:
Missouri Right to Life (MRL) applauds the Missouri House of Representatives for approving an important common-sense measure to ensure the annual inspection of abortion facilities. HB 190, introduced by Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau), will ensure annual inspections for licensed abortion facilities, and it will not be optional for any Department of Health official, bureaucracy, or state executive to forego this much-needed requirement.
Speaking on behalf of the bill were several female representatives with professional medical credentials, including the sponsor. The measure was third read and finally passed by the House today by a vote of 119 to 35. An identical bill in the Senate, SB 33, introduced by Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) is awaiting a hearing.
Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood St. Louis Region has had an inconsistent inspection history according to public records. In addition, complaints have been filed against the St. Louis abortion facility based on multiple documented reports of the presence of emergency medical personnel and ambulances. The ambulance visits have numbered over two dozen in just 5 years.
Missouri Right to Life, with the assistance of committed legislators like Rep. Swan and Senator Wallingford, have advocated for this necessary legislation due to the lack of oversight by the Department of Health and troubling inspection history at the St. Louis abortion facility.
This bill is one of MRL’s legislative priorities. MRL thanks all those who worked to pass this important legislation. We call upon the Senate to take up and pass HB 190 or SB 33.
Missouri Right to Life is the state’s largest and most experienced grassroots Pro-Life organization. MRL works through education, legislation and political action to promote the Sanctity of Life for all, from conception to natural death.
Pam Fichter has been the President of Missouri Right to Life for the last eleven years. She oversaw landmark pieces of legislation that became templates for laws around the country. Pam fought hard for these laws. She is the epitome of, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Yet, Pam’s heart is as big as all outdoors.
And her faith is unwavering and inspirational. She has worked very hard. And now Pam is at a point in her life when she wants to spend more time with her husband Tom (one of the coolest guys I’ve ever met) and their children and grandchildren. She has earned a break! Pam has stepped down as the President of Missouri Right to Life effective, January 1, 2015. I’d hate to be the one who has to follow her as President!
Hi, I’m Steve Rupp and I’m the one who has to follow her as President.
She has some big shoes to fill. I’m asking you, my friends, to pray for me. Pray that we can keep the legacy that Pam has left us alive and growing. Pray that God will guide us to see Missouri as the first abortion-free state in the country. That’s the direction Pam has taken us, and we owe it to her to see it through!
I’ve been blessed to be married to my wonderful wife Debbie for 41 years. We have four children and seven grandchildren. We’ve been parishioners at Sacred Heart Parish in Florissant all of those years. What a great parish! I work for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, an apostolate of the Catholic Church that ministers to the poor. I’m a volunteer teacher in the St. Louis Archdiocesan Right Start Program that teaches eighth graders about fetal development, the realities of abortion, and God’s awesome gift of chastity — a fabulous program! And I play Santa Claus at Mercy Hospital — maybe my favorite job!
Just a few weeks into my new position with MRL, I was in Washington D.C. for the March for Life expecting to see an historic, life-affirming bill passed in the United States Congress. Unfortunately, the vote on that bill was delayed, and, with neither of our Missouri Congresswomen as co-sponsors, many pro-life Missourians are asking why. Yikes again!
Even with difficult situations like this one, I pray that while we fight these battles, God will keep us focused on the joy of what we do. That joy is evident every single day in the pro-life movement. It is evident in the uplifting and holy people with whom we are blessed to work. It is evident when we hear a mother and father say, “We changed our minds and aren’t going to abort our child.” It is evident when, through our efforts, someone says, “I got to be loved twice. Once, when my birth mother decided to give me life.
And second, when my adoptive family brought me into my new home.” What joyful gifts! And we often get to hear the most joyful sound in the world …. the sound of a giggling little baby! That glorious sound brings a smile and maybe a tear of joy into the lives of everyone who hears it. We’re working diligently to help all parents hear that joyful noise!
That is Missouri Right to Life and I am proud to be a part of it!
National Abortion Rights Action League, a well-known group promoting abortion on demand, has given Missouri a failing grade for our pro-life laws and for the availability of providers to kill unborn babies. They also report that 97% of Missouri counties have no abortion providers.
For the over 20 years that the group has issued grades, our state has consistently flunked the death-dealing requirements of the abortion organization.
Praise God! Let’s keep working to help mothers and to protect babies from abortion.
Information from naral.org