Recent stories and editorials make assertions about Missouri Right to Life (MRL) and our goals concerning the investigations of Planned Parenthood and university-based research on stem cells.
To begin, MRL has always stood for the protection of innocent human life from conception to natural death. Human embryos and fetuses are no different biologically from born infants – only smaller, younger and silent. The one month old newborn is just as dependent on external help for nourishment and protection as the human zygote. And science does not recognize the intangible difference between the wanted and unplanned child, although somehow that logic escapes the mind of the abortion defenders.
We oppose abortion because it is a violent purposeful act that kills a child. It is quite literally dehumanizing, and callously encourages a disregard for the respect due all people. Esteemed suffragist and early feminist Susan B. Anthony said it best when she wrote, “I deplore the horrible crime of child-murder…” when referring to abortion.
Regarding stem-cell research, the public is often misled to believe that MRL and other abortion opponents are enemies of ALL such scientific endeavors. This is patently untrue! Many of the first proponents of therapeutic stem-cell advances were, and are, in the Pro-Life realm. Adult stem cells from umbilical cord blood, placentas, bone marrow, and even human fat are rapidly seeing widespread usage in treatment and cures around the globe – all without the ethical dangers of destroying Life in the process.
MRL strongly supports ethical stem-cell investment, including state dollars, and encourages Economic Development that does not depend on life-ending forms of research. However, MRL continues to oppose human cloning and research that kills living embryos in the name of research.
We call upon our state officials, candidates, university leaders, business interests, and those involved in lobbying like the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and the Missouri Biotechnology Association (MOBIO) to join our efforts to help Missouri grow. Let’s unite in our desire for advances using ethical forms of stem-cell therapies. Let us finally write into statute a ban on tax dollars for research that kills human embryos. We can protect Life AND build our economy with ethical options.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, who in 2004 as a candidate for State Senate told MRL that he supported the protection of all innocent human lives, now seeks to divide MRL from state legislators and citizens by perpetuating those tired myths that advances depend on the destruction of human embryos. But that’s not all he’s doing to discourage the protection of Life.
Planned Parenthood has virtually begged to be investigated after multiple videos released by The Center for Medical Progress reveal that PP profits from the sale of body parts of babies they abort. Koster’s report into PP’s practices in Missouri is completely inadequate. Koster has produced a report showing only one month of records without direct evidence of the sale of baby body parts, but does nothing to address why the St. Louis PP operation is noted as an untapped market for fetal trafficking in the first video. And now abortion supporter Koster proudly declares the investigation, and PP, cleared? Not so fast.
In addition to Koster’s cursory and limited investigation into PP’s operation, he ignores other illegal activity. It is illegal for any state-funded entity, personnel, or official to assist, promote, refer, or perform an abortion in Missouri. Period. Koster ignores evidence that the University actively recruited an abortionist and worked directly with the PP facility in Columbia to provide the required licensing for that abortionist.
From rashes of ambulance calls and infrequent inspections to clandestine email correspondence with University of Missouri officials and the latest revelations about their gruesome business practices, PP is reminding us almost daily why our state defunded them back in 2003.
Senator Kurt Schaefer and his colleagues have taken the lead on holding Planned Parenthood, Missouri Health and Senior Services, and now the University of Missouri accountable for illegal contracts and willful disregard for statutory intent. We appreciate the efforts of the committees in the state legislature, both current and forthcoming, that will make certain that Missourians know the depth of these unsavory relationships.
MRL is continually pursuing legislative remedies for these violations, and invite Missourians to join us in our Life-affirming mission.
MRL Questions Depth of Attorney General’s Investigation and Pledges to Continue Our Life-Saving Work
Missouri Right to Life
The following statement is from Steve Rupp, President of Missouri Right to Life:
Attorney General Chris Koster has released a report saying that Planned Parenthood in St. Louis does not appear to have broken the law in the month of June, 2015, as it relates to the organs and tissues of aborted human beings.
Examining one month’s worth of records and interviewing some employees of Planned Parenthood and the lab is not much of an investigation.
It is also disappointing that the Attorney General adopts the language of those who kill unborn human beings in the first place by using the cold, clinical terms “fetal organs and tissue” and “fetal tissue.” In the first chapter of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, section 1.205 in particular, Missouri law recognizes what biological science teaches: these unborn infants are human beings from the time they were conceived. The chief law enforcement official of the State of Missouri ought to recognize it, too.
While it is the Supreme Court of the United States that has made it legal to mangle unborn children in the womb, thus producing the torn hearts, lungs, limbs, and organs that the Attorney General so callously refers to as “fetal tissue,” “specimens” and “waste,” the Attorney General could at least have the decency to refer to them as the remains of human beings.
The pro-life movement will continue to work for a time when these tiniest of human beings will be provided their futures and hope rather than having their lives cut off, their bodies cut apart, and their remains referred to as trash.
The following statement can be attributed to Steve Rupp, President Missouri Right to Life:
Yesterday, September 24, the University of Missouri took a step in the right direction when they announced they would withdraw the “refer and follow” privileges from abortionist Colleen McNicholas beginning December 1, 2015.
We commend the University for this step. However, there are still major concerns.
First, why the delay? How many babies will lose their lives between now and December 1? If you are going to withdraw privileges, why not now?
Second, will the University offer more privileges in December? Will they offer privileges to another abortionist?
There are many unanswered questions at this time.
We thank Senator Kurt Schaefer and the Senate Sanctity of Life Committee members as well as the House Ways and Means and Children and Families Committees for the progress we are making and we encourage them to continue their investigations.
We recommend pro-lifers keep up the pressure. And continue to ask MU to stop enabling the abortion business immediately!
There are babies to save today!
HR 3504 — House will vote on Friday, September 18, on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 3504), sponsored by Congressman Trent Franks (R-Az.).
HR 3134 — The House will also vote on Friday, September 18, on theDefund Planned Parenthood Act (H.R. 3134), sponsored by Congresswoman Diane Black (R-Tn.).
HR 36 — On Tuesday, September 22, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will force a U.S. Senate vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36).
Click here for more information on each of these bills.
Missouri Department of Health – University of Missouri
Planned Parenthood, Abortionist Colleen McNicholas
and Pathology Services, Inc.:
PARTNERS IN BREAKING MISSOURI LAWS AND KILLING BABIES
Ongoing investigations by the Missouri Senate and House Committees continue to bring to light the sinister workings of the above groups, as they bend and break Missouri laws to allow Planned Parenthood in Columbia and St. Louis to profit from killing babies and selling their precious baby body parts.
We thank the Senate and House Committee members who are seeking answers on the “selling and buying of baby body parts for research” and the licensure of the Columbia Planned Parenthood.
Governor Nixon and Attorney General Koster have the power to stop the illegal maneuvering by the Department of Health, the University of Missouri, Columbia, Planned Parenthood, Abortionist Colleen McNicholas and Pathology Services, Inc. To date, however, Nixon and Koster sit silent while an illegal license is issued to Planned Parenthood in Columbia, the University of Missouri enables the issuance of this license and baby body parts in St. Louis are unaccounted for and likely sold to unknown research institutes either in Missouri or out of state.
For years Missouri citizens have been electing pro-life legislators such that we now have a super majority in the Senate and the House. These pro-life majorities have made it clear as they have passed legislation that it is the intent of Missouri laws to protect women, their babies and their families. Missourians are appalled by the ability of those listed above to break Missouri laws with impunity and without consequence.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest provider of abortions. At least one-third of all abortions in the U.S. are performed at Planned Parenthood-affiliated facilities. According to their most recent annual report, Planned Parenthood receives at least $528 million annually from the federal government or other levels of government, all while violating the intent, if not the letter, of both Federal and State laws prohibiting the sale of fetal remains.
Missouri has federally qualified public health centers, rural state health departments and other facilities that offer complete healthy women exams, but do not offer abortions. Missouri legislators should prioritize all of our tax dollars from all sources to fund these other health centers before funding Planned Parenthood, and they should pass it with an emergency clause to insure quick protection for women and their babies.
Missouri Right to Life also calls on lawmakers in the 2016 legislative session to pass legislation, with an emergency clause, requiring on-site abortion clinic inspections at least annually.
That legislation should include the accounting for every aborted baby body part and the disposition of these little baby bodies. It should also ensure that the University of Missouri does not use our tax dollars for abortion services of any kind, human cloning, embryonic stem cell research or research on aborted babies. We also ask the legislature to clearly define “clinical privileges” required for abortionists so clear and elementary that even the Department of Health can understand the law.
Over the past several weeks, videos released by The Center for Medical Progress have shown top doctors of Planned Parenthood Federation of America casually discussing the harvesting and trafficking of body parts from unborn children killed by abortion.
MRL shares in the feelings of outrage and horror that must be impacting every American who has any regard for decency, justice and a respect for life. Enough is enough. It’s time to end public funding of this abortion giant!
The U.S. Senate will vote as early as Monday, August 3, on a bill – strongly backed by National Right to Life – that would cut off all federal funds to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and all of its affiliates.
MO Senator Roy Blunt is one of the many lawmakers involved in recent efforts to de-fund Planned Parenthood. Last week, he signed a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell calling for her cooperation in a full investigation into the practices of the organization.
And this week he helped introduce Senate bill 1881 to fully de-fund Planned Parenthood.
Upon introduction of the legislation, Senator Blunt said, “The video footage of Planned Parenthood executives continues to raise deeply troubling questions, and, like most Americans, I am appalled by the disturbing actions these videos describe,” said Senator Blunt. “It is clear that Planned Parenthood is not the right place for any federal dollars. We will ensure every dollar taken away from Planned Parenthood will go toward women’s health care through our community health centers and other providers.”
Click here or call (202) 224-6154 to contact Sen. McCaskill and urge her to vote in support of “Sen. Ernst’s bill, S. 1881, to de-fund Planned Parenthood.” And be sure to thank Sen. Blunt for his efforts!
Following the release of controversial videos that raised questions about whether the national abortion provider was selling fetal tissue for profit, several Missouri lawmakers have called for investigations into Planned Parenthood’s operations in Missouri.
Last week, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder called on House Speaker Todd Richardson and Senate Pro Tem Tom Dempsey to conduct hearings to investigate whether or not any illegal activities were taking place in Missouri. “We in Missouri have been a pro-life state for many years, and we must hold hearings on this to determine what exactly is going on at Planned Parenthood,” Kinder said in a statement. “We cannot stand idly by in the face of such a callous and ghoulish revelation. Any organization participating in, profiting from or sponsoring the harvesting of body parts from aborted babies must be held accountable.”
This Tuesday, Senate Leader Tom Dempsey announced the creation of the Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life to investigate Planned Parenthood. “The recent allegations that Planned Parenthood is selling fetal tissue to medical laboratories is not only appalling, but illegal as well,” said Dempsey. “This type of action demands a legislative investigation. I am tasking this interim committee to find out exactly what is going on behind closed doors and hold them accountable for any illegal actions.”
Sen. Kurt Schaefer has been appointed committee Chairman and says that if these serious allegations prove to be true, the facility should not only lose its license, but be stripped of all federal funds they currently receive.
“Missourians deserve to know the truth behind this potentially atrocious violation of our state laws and humane values,” said Schaefer. “Over the next few months this committee will conduct a rigorous investigation into the monstrous and inconceivable acts carried out by Planned Parenthood.”
The committee will include seven members, and the duties will include conducting an in-depth analysis of the Planned Parenthood business model and methods by which they dispose human remains from aborted fetuses and determining whether any state dollars have been directly used in such activity, as well as other duties.
The committee will hold public hearings and issue a report to the General Assembly by Dec. 1, 2015. The organizational meeting of this committee will be Monday, July 27th.
At this time there is not yet a designated House committee for the investigation. However, Rep. Diane Franklin, Chairman of the House Children and Families Committee, and Rep. Andrew Koenig, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, have both announced plans for an investigation.
Also on Tuesday of this week, Attorney General Chris Koster announced that his office had opened an investigation into whether Planned Parenthood clinics in Missouri have violated state law in connection with their provision of abortion services.
Koster’s announcement came after Senators Kurt Shaefer, Mike Parson and Wayne Wallingford, who this year sponsored a bill to ensure annual inspections of abortion facilities, reached out to the AG asking him to look into the allegations against Planned Parenthood.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has said that he is not interested in an investigation.
“Missouri Right to Life welcomes the investigations that have been proposed by our elected officials. Planned Parenthood in other parts of the country has been investigated over the years for other illegal practices including the failure to report statutory rape and misuse of government funds,” said Steve Rupp, President of Missouri Right to Life.
“We have proposed an abortion facility inspection bill in the Missouri legislature for the past two legislative sessions. It is time to provide investigation and oversight of this huge corporation that enjoys the benefit of our tax dollars to carry out some of their reprehensible activities. In addition to these much needed investigations, we call upon the Missouri legislature and statewide officials to support and pass the abortion facility inspection bill,” Rupp concluded.
Nationally, U.S. Rep Ann Wagner (R-Ballwin, MO) is one of several lawmakers asking both the House Judiciary Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee to investigate Planned Parenthood.