The following statement is from Steve Rupp, President of Missouri Right to Life:
While pro-abortion forces bask in their victory having stopped pro-life legislation, pro-life Missourians are questioning the lack of action by the Republican majority. Pro-life people of faith and values who went to the polls in November to elect pro-life leaders expect more!
In the wake of the Board of Aldermen in St. Louis City declaring St. Louis to be a sanctuary city for abortion and U.S. District Judge Sachs ruling against common sense regulation of abortion clinics, the Missouri Senate has failed to act on pro-life legislation. When it comes to protecting women and saving babies, no end-of-session dysfunction or filibuster can explain this away. Pro-life action could have been taken many times over the past weeks of the legislative session.
Missouri Right to Life continues to work with pro-life legislators and elected officials to find a way to protect women and babies. Governor Greitens has been very vocal about his support of HCS HB 174/SB 41 and HCS HB 194/SB 67. We know stopping sanctuary cities for abortion, accountability of baby body parts, jurisdiction issues for the Attorney General, Whistleblower protection and abortion clinic inspections have been priorities of pro-life Missourians this entire 2017 legislative session!
Pray for our leadership and Missouri Right to Life as we work to protect women and babies from the deceptions of the abortion industry.
To try to list Orville’s accomplishments in the pro-life movement and for the babies he loved so dearly would take pages. Let it be said that he was a champion and an inspiration to all who knew him!
He was the patriarch – the one who led others in the fight to save babies and their mothers from the tragedy of abortion.
As Congressman Henry Hyde said,
When the time comes, as it surely will, when we face that awesome moment, the final judgment, I’ve often thought, as Fulton Sheen wrote, that it is a terrible moment of loneliness. You have no advocates, you are there alone standing before God — and a terror will rip your soul like nothing you can imagine. But I really think that those in the pro-life movement will not be alone. I think there’ll be a chorus of voices that have never been heard in this world but are heard beautifully and clearly in the next world — and they will plead for everyone who has been in this movement. They will say to God, ‘Spare him, because he loved us!
Rest in peace, Orville, and know that your example will continue to lead others for years to come in defense of LIFE!
The outrageous decision by Judge Sachs to overturn commonsense regulations on abortion clinics and abortionists has opened the gates here in Missouri for more abortion facilities. Planned Parenthood has announced that, once licensed by the state, they will immediately begin doing abortions again at their Columbia and Kansas City locations.
Investigations by the legislature in 2015 showed that there have been multiple violations of state law by Planned Parenthood. Sadly, there is documented evidence that over 65 ambulances have been called to the Planned Parenthood in St. Louis since 2009. In addition, the Center for Medical Progress proved through their ground-breaking videos that Planned Parenthood was selling aborted baby body parts.
All this should compel the Missouri Legislature to pass The Women’s Health Care Protection Act to mandate annual on-site inspections of abortion clinics and accountability of baby body parts.
Please call Gov. Eric Greitens, Senate President Pro-Tem Ron Richard, Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe as well as your own Senators and ask them to pass HCS HB 194 or SB 67, The Women’s Health Care Protection Act!
Calls and e-mails are needed to your Missouri State Senators in these last weeks of the 2017 session to “Pass Pro-Life Legislation.” Session ends on Friday, May 12 at 6:00 p.m.
We thank our legislators for directing some state monies for some great pro-life programs to help women in crisis pregnancies and protecting our tax dollars from going towards human cloning, embryonic stem cell research and abortion services in the budget bills! Budget bills are still in process so the final versions are not done yet.
In these last 3 weeks of session, we need pro-life elected officials to step up and defend our religious liberties and public policies that protect women and babies by passing the protections in HCS HB 174/SB 41 and HCS HB 194/SB 67.
Please call your State Senator and ask him/her to pass the following bills.
1. Pass HCS HB 174 or SB 41 to Stop the “Sanctuary City for Abortion Mandate”
Pro-life laws & religious liberty freedoms are intentionally being attacked by a pro-abortion Judge and pro-abortion officials on the St Louis City Council.
In HCS HB 174 and SB 41, a political subdivision of this state is preempted from enacting, adopting, or enforcing any ordinance or any other form of regulation that would interfere with, or otherwise adversely affect an alternatives-to-abortion agency or any other religious organization and their agents’ operations or speech.
HCS HB 174 or SB 41 is necessary because an ordinance was passed by the Board of Aldermen in the City of St. Louis that attacks and threatens the deeply held moral and religious convictions of the people of St. Louis by seeking to make St. Louis a “sanctuary city” for abortion.
Unless HCS HB 174 or SB 41 is enacted, that St. Louis City ordinance will force churches and others to be complicit in the profound evil of abortion.
2. Pass HCS HB 194 or SB 67, The Women’s Health Care Protection Act that requires:
annual on-site abortion clinic inspections;
accountability of baby body parts from abortion;
whistleblower protection; two-parent notification prior to a minor having an abortion; and,
Stated Jurisdiction for Attorney General when dealing with Abortion Cases
Find Contact Information for Your State Senator here: http://www.senate.mo.gov/2017-senator-listing-2
Statement from Susan Klein, Legislative Liaison, Missouri Right to Life:
Judge Sachs, in his ruling supporting abortion services for women, is apparently not concerned that medical services at Planned Parenthood St. Louis are well below the quality of what could be considered acceptable medical standards.
Judge Sachs is giving a dangerous stamp of approval to Planned Parenthood’s history of having rusty equipment, dirty tables, expired drugs and untrained personnel offering services. These infractions are in public inspection reports of the Planned Parenthood in St Louis. This same Planned Parenthood has had at least 69 emergency ambulance calls since 2009.
Missouri Right to Life is disappointed in Judge Sachs’ pro-abortion ruling and we look forward to Attorney General Josh Hawley’s defense of Missouri laws enacted for the health and safety of women.
We also look to our legislators and Governor Greitens for help in addressing this egregious ruling. The state has a vested interest in protecting our citizens who will be harmed by this ruling. Missouri laws addressed by Judge Sachs have been in effect in Missouri since 2005.
MISSOURI RIGHT TO LIFE
For Immediate Release:
March 28, 2017
Missouri House Gives First Round Approval
to Stop Sanctuary Cities for Abortion
Steve Rupp, President of Missouri Right to Life, praises the House Members for their action today on HCS HB 174.
The Missouri House gave first round approval today to HCS HB 174. HCS HB 174 would give clear protection to the religious liberty of alternatives-to-abortion agencies and their agents to freely engage in religious practices and speech without government interference.
In HCS HB 174, a political subdivision of this state is preempted from enacting, adopting, or enforcing any ordinance or any other form of regulation that would interfere with, or otherwise adversely affect an alternatives-to-abortion agency or any other religious organizations and their agents’ operations or speech.
HCS HB 174 is necessary because an ordinance (BB 203) was passed by the Board of Aldermen in the City of St. Louis. This ordinance attacks and threatens the deeply held moral and religious convictions of the people of St. Louis by seeking to make St. Louis a “sanctuary city” for abortion.
Unless HCS HB 174 is enacted, BB 203 will force churches and others to be complicit in the profound evil of abortion. Today the House, with a vote of 116 to 34, took the first step to correct this situation.
After final approval in the House, the bill will move to the Senate for passage. Governor Greitens has committed to signing this legislation.
It is with respect and appreciation that Missouri Right to Life remembers Senator John Schneider who passed away last weekend.
Over the 32 years that he served in the Missouri Senate, whenever pro-life legislation was being considered, Senator Schneider could be found right in the middle of it advocating for the lives of unborn children.
In the later years, when passing pro-life legislation became more difficult, John Schneider was able, due to his statesmanship, his relationships in both parties and his expertise in moving legislation through the process, to make it happen. The passage of the Infant protection act, the Missouri ban on partial- birth abortion and the override of Democrat governor Mel Carnahan would not have happened without Senator Schneider.
Not only would the law stop partial-birth abortion in Missouri, language similar to that in the Missouri bill was used in the second version of the federal bill which was passed and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. The federal ban on partial-birth abortion stopped the practice across the country.
Rest In Peace, Senator Schneider.