Legislative Update: Calls Needed!

While we are thankful for the hearing on HB 190, the abortion clinic inspection bill, we only have four weeks left in the 2015 legislative session to pass this and other substantive legislation that will save innocent human lives. While Kansas was the first state in America last week to pass a ban on dismemberment abortions, Oklahoma became the second state in the nation to pass the ban on dismemberment abortions! Great job Kansas and Oklahoma!

Highlights of last Week:
HB 190 – The abortion clinic inspection bill which changes the laws regarding the protection of women’s health care.  HB 190 was heard in the Senate Veterans’ Affairs and Health Committee on Thursday, April 16th.  Sponsor: Kathy Swan
Testimony in Support of HB 190 Before the Senate Veteran’s Affairs and Health Committee: http://missourilife.org/legislation/2015/hb190a.html

SB 24 – The House and Senate gave their final approval to CCS HCS SS #2 SCS SB 24 which modifies provisions of law relating to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The House and Senate kept the additional 2% of funding for the Alternatives to Abortion Program. Missouri Right to Life supported this additional funding for the Alternatives to Abortion Program. Sponsor: Sen. David Sater and Rep. Diane Franklin

Calls Needed on SB 466 & 422 – Simon’s Law

Please call President Pro-Tem Tom Dempsey and Senator Eric Schmitt and let them know that you would like them to pass SB 466 & 422, Simon’s Law to ensure that do-not-resuscitate orders are not placed in a minor child’s medical file without the parent’s knowledge. Be sure and thank them for working to pass this bill!
President Pro-Tem Tom Dempsey: 573-751-1141
Senator Eric Schmitt: 573-751-2853

Click here for the full update and information on all the bills we are keeping an eye on.

Kansas Becomes First State to Enact Dismemberment Abortion Ban

MRL received the following notice from National Right to Life:

Yesterday at 8:00 a.m., Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas signed into law a bill banning dismemberment abortions!

This new law is based on model legislation drafted by National Right to Life.

It is the first of what we hope will be many state laws banning dismemberment abortions.

Kansas Gov. Brownback signs SB 95. With the governor are (l-r) the Kansans for Life Legislative team: Jeanne Gawdun, Kathy Ostrowski, and Jessica Basgall, J.D; and conferees Barbara Saldivar,State Director for Concerned Women for America, and Michael Schuttloffel, Executive Director, Kansas Catholic Conference.

Kansas Gov. Brownback signs SB 95.
With the governor are (l-r) the Kansans for Life Legislative team: Jeanne Gawdun, Kathy Ostrowski, and
Jessica Basgall, J.D; and conferees Barbara Saldivar,State Director for Concerned Women for America, and Michael Schuttloffel, Executive Director, Kansas Catholic Conference.

This law could have the power to transform the landscape of abortion policy in the United States.

And I want to ask you to help us pass it in more states!

I want to warn you that this next paragraph is graphic in its description of what a dismemberment abortion is.

In a dismemberment abortion, a forceps or similar instrument is used to twist and tear pieces of a living unborn baby from her body until the baby bleeds to death.

Many of these babies are developed enough to feel pain.

“Dismemberment abortion kills a baby by tearing her apart limb from limb,” said our director of State Legislation, Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D. “Before the first trimester ends, the unborn child has a beating heart, brain waves, and every organ system in place. Dismemberment abortions occur after the baby has reached these milestones.”

Even Justice Anthony Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court has written forcefully about the brutality of such abortions. The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act would ban them – and National Right to Life is leading the fight to pass the law wherever we can.

Oklahoma is expected to pass the ban soon, and it’s being considered elsewhere as well.

We learned in the debate over partial-birth abortion that when the American people are told about brutal methods of abortion like this, they recoil and want to see those abortions banned.

Those who have been with us since the fight over partial-birth abortion know that it helped transform the debate, moving many people – especially many young people who grew up at the height of the debate – to the pro-life side. The debate over protecting unborn babies from the barbarity of dismemberment abortions can have just as powerful an effect!

[Note: Here in Missouri a bill to ban dismemberment abortions has been introduced in the House of Representatives.]

Legislative Report: 3/20/15

At the end of the day Thursday, March 19, legislators left for their annual Spring Break. When they return on Monday, March 30th there will be seven weeks of session left. During those seven weeks there is an Easter Break and the budget must be truly agreed and passed by May 8th.

Please pray for your legislators and Missouri Right to Life in these last weeks. After Spring Break, we will put out a request for phone calls at strategic times.

Highlights Last Week:

Senate:
March 19, 2015 – SB 466 was heard in the Senate Veterans’ Affairs and Health Committee. It was not voted out of committee but is expected to be voted out upon the legislators return from Spring Break. It is also expected that SB 422 sponsored by Sen. Rob Schaaf and SB 466 sponsored by Sen. Eric Schmitt, will be combined into one bill.
SB 466 – Simons Law: Requires disclosure of life-sustaining treatment policies of health care facilities, involvement of parents in health care decisions and prohibits denial of life-sustaining treatment or anatomical gifts under specified circumstances.
Testimony in Support of SB 466: http://missourilife.org/legislation/2015/sb466.html

House:
March 18, 2015 – HCS SS#2 SCS SB 24 – Was Perfected and Third Read in the House, sent back to the Senate, Senate refused to accept the House version, Senate has requested a conference with the House to work out the differences in the two versions.
March 27 — Senate requests to recede or grant conference calendar — SS#2 for SCS for SB 24-Sater, with HCS, as amended (Senate requests House recede or grant conference)
With the inclusion of an increase for the Alternatives to Abortion Program Missouri Right to Life went on record in support of HCS SS#2 SCS SB 24. This bill as a whole modifies provisions of law relating to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Your Missouri Right to Life Legislative Team continues to review and act on all bills dealing with life issues. Click here for the full update and information on other bills we are keeping an eye on.

Legislative Report: 3/13/15

Last week the House worked to pass the Budget to the Senate.
Pro-life Highlights of the Budget are in HB 5 and HB 7.

In HB 5 the House funded the Alternatives to Abortion Program as follow:
From General Revenue Fund. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,033,561
From Federal Funds… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50,000
For the alternative to abortion public awareness program:
From General Revenue Fund  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75,000
Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,158,561

In HB 7, Dept. of Economic Development Appropriations. The House placed the pro-life language on one portion of the bill that prevents public tax dollars from being used for abortion services, human cloning or human embryonic stem cell research for projects chosen by the Missouri Technology Corporation for these specific appropriations.

All Budget Bills now move to the Senate for Consideration.
The Budget must be truly agreed and finally passed by 6:00 p.m. on May 8, 2015.

Click here for the full update and information on other bills we are keeping an eye on.

President of National Right to Life on MRL Lobby Day

National Right to Life President, Carol Tobias, writes:

The beautiful Missouri state capitol building sits on the banks of the Missouri River in Jefferson City. On Tuesday, hundreds of pro-lifers from the Show Me state gathered at the capitol for the “Show Me Life” Pro-life Action Day.

At this annual event organized by Missouri Right to Life (MRL), pro-lifers from around the state, many in red shirts, many arriving on buses, come to lobby in support of legislation to protect unborn children, the elderly, and the medically vulnerable.

At the rally, I reminded those gathered that Missouri has a long history of challenging Roe v Wade. It was a Missouri law that was upheld by the Supreme Court in 1989, Webster v Reproductive Health Services, that sent shock waves through the abortion movement. News articles were written that the nation’s abortion law had been weakened; Roe v Wade should no longer be considered “settled law.”

read more.

Click here for full text of Tobias’ rally speech or watch the video below.

MRL Legislative Liaison Susan Klein, Senator Wayne Wallingford, and NRL President Carol Tobias

MRL Legislative Liaison Susan Klein, Senator Wayne Wallingford, and NRL President Carol Tobias

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Capitol for another successful pro-life lobby day!

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Woman Hurt at Planned Parenthood Abortion Facility in MO

Below is a press statement from Coalition for Life regarding a suspected botched abortion that occurred at the Planned Parenthood of the Greater St. Louis Region on Saturday March 7th, 2015.

This incident illustrates why we need annual abortion clinic inspections! Please contact your Senators and encourage them to take up and pass HB 190 or SB 33, the “Women’s Protection Act” requiring annual inspection of abortion facilities.

BREAKING: Woman Severely Hurt at Planned Parenthood Abortion Facility

Coalition for Life Statement

On Saturday March 7th, at approximately 2:20 PM, Kenneth Capps, a Coalition for Life volunteer, witnessed the arrival of a fire truck and Emergency Response Team to Planned Parenthood of the Greater St. Louis Region on Forest Park Ave.

This was followed by an ambulance which arrived at the clinic at 2:35 PM. At 2:45 PM, the emergency responders came out of the main entrance, carrying a woman on a stretcher. Eye-witness, Kenneth Capps, commented of her appearance:

“The woman had blonde hair, appeared to be about in her thirties, was extremely pale and could be heard audibly wailing.”

We highly suspect that the emergency lengths taken in this situation and as witnessed by Kenneth were the result of a botched abortion.

On Monday March 9th, our staff attempted to reach Planned Parenthood regarding this incident; however, no one was available for comment.

Click here for a PDF Version of this report.

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Despite Planned Parenthood’s very vocal and public assertion that “in-clinic abortion procedures are very safe”, we continue to witness and receive reports of ambulance sightings at the clinic off of Forest Park Ave.

The above sighting is the latest of the 28 that have been recorded since 2009.

Please click here to view a full gallery of photos from this incident.”

Man Accused of Killing 4, Including Unborn Child, in Ozark , MO

“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.

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