Legislation Saves Lives!

legislation-savesThe Missouri Department of  Health and Senior Services’ annual vital statistics report shows that abortions decreased by 7% in 2014.

That year, 8,129 Missouri resident pregnancies were aborted compared with 8,740 in 2013.

The 2014 number represents a 32% decrease from 2004, and a remarkable decrease of 62% since Missouri’s highest resident abortions in 1980 of 21,671.

This downward trend has been going on almost steadily thanks to years of hard work from pro-life activists like you pushing for legislation like alternatives to abortion funding, informed consent and more!

Please help us continue this trend by joining us tomorrow to lobby our legislators for more regulation of abortion facilities, a ban on dismemberment of abortions and defunding of Planned Parenthood from receiving our federal tax dollars. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. in the Missouri State Capitol 1st floor rotunda.

Contact the Missouri Right to Life State Office, 573.635.5110, or visit www.missourilife.org for transportation and additional information regarding Pro-Life Action Days, including speaker info.
We hope to see you all there. Don’t forget to wear RED for LIFE!

MRL Position Statement on Proposed “Raise Your Hands for Kids” Tobacco Tax Initiative

The following statement can be attributed to Steve Rupp, President of Missouri Right to Life:

Because the proposed tobacco tax initiative specifically limits in Section 54(a) the use of the funds raised by this initiative to early childhood education programs, access to quality early childhood health and development programs, and smoking cessation and prevention programs, and further, the initiative provides that funds shall not be diverted to any other purpose, Missouri Right to Life can not envision any scenario whereby said funds could be used to pay for abortions, human embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, euthanasia, assisted suicide or any other process that would be a threat to life. Certainly, the termination of life would not qualify as a childhood health and development program.

While Section 54(b) specifically prohibits the use of the raised funds for human cloning or research, clinical trials, or therapies or cures using human embryonic stem cells, as defined in Article III, section 38(d), it is not necessary as life threatening uses do not fall within the narrow, limited allowable uses of the funds as noted in the above paragraph. Section 54(b) is mere surplusage as it relates to pro-life protections. It is not necessary. While some may claim that a loophole in the language of Section 54(b) will allow for funding of abortions, the fact is that any possible loophole in Section 54(b) is irrelevant as the limited uses set out in Section 54(a) preclude such use of these funds.
Since the limited uses to be made of the tobacco tax funds established in Section 54(a) will not allow for any life threatening uses, Missouri Right to Life will maintain a position of neutrality on the “Raise Your Hands for Kids” initiative as it is currently written.

Join Us for MRL’s “Show Me Life” Pro-Life Action Day

2016-actionday3We need you to ACT!
Plan now to come to Jefferson City on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 for Pro-Life Action Day to encourage your legislators to pass pro-life legislation. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. Then you will have time to lobby your legislators and join the noon rally.

Priority Legislation:

  • Ban dismemberment abortions
  • Tighten abortion clinic inspection requirements
  • Redirect federal funding of family-planning dollars

Featured Speakers:

  • Sue Thayer, after 18 years as manager of a Planned Parenthood in Iowa, is now a strong voice for life and for educating the public about the tragedy of abortion.
  • Stacy Washington, “Stacy on the Right” as she is known to her radio listening audience, is unabashedly pro-life and proclaims so with this quote, “Until everyone is willing to deal with the truth about abortion and it’s proponents, we will continue to see cities like New York abort more black babies than are born alive.”

Transportation is available from many areas of the state. Contact the Missouri Right to Life State Office, 573.635.5110, or visit www.missourilife.org for transportation and additional information regarding Pro-Life Action Days.

We hope to see you all there. Don’t forget to wear RED for LIFE!

Legislative Update: January 22, 2016

2016 Priority Legislation: Public hearings have been held on the following bills in the House and Senate

SB 644 – Sponsor: Bob Onder – Modifies provisions related to abortion.  Includes pro-life language for donation of fetal tissue, tissue reporting, physician privileges, ambulatory surgical center reporting and abortion facility inspections (Support) January 12, 2016 – Public Hearing Held in Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee: http://www.senate.mo.gov/16info/pdf-bill/intro/SB644.pdf
Testimony in Support of SB 644: http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/sb644.html

HB 1370 – Sponsor: Rocky Miller – Changes the laws regarding notification prior to a minor obtaining an abortion (Support) January 19, 2016 – Public Hearing Held in House Children and Families Committee: http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HB1370I.PDF
Testimony in Support of HB 1370: http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/hb1370.html

At this time there have been 396 bills and 42 various resolutions filed in the Senate. And, there have been 1008 bills and 74 various resolutions filed in the House.

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

Happy New Year!

MRL-newyearWith the new legislative session starting next week, we have so many opportunities and pro-life bills to support and help pass — bills that will help to shutdown Planned Parenthood’s business in selling baby body parts.

We have speaking opportunities in dozens of locations. Our chapters will be a pro-life presence at fairs and conventions across Missouri. Missouri Right to Life Political Action Committees will have many wonderful pro-life candidates to support.

This year, let us recommit ourselves to the pro-life cause and the fight for the protection of innocent human life. We must never be silent, never be passive, never be forgetful of the unborn. We must commit ourselves to be active in the pro-life movement and never stop defending life!

Missouri Right to Life Joins Thomas More Society and others in Amicus Brief in Embryo Case

The Thomas More Society has requested leave to file an amicus brief in McQueen v. Gadberry in Missouri Court of Appeals on behalf of Missouri Right to Life, Lawyers for Life, and American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The Society’s brief cites the irrefutable scientific proof that human life begins at fertilization and argues that frozen human embryos are not mere chattels, i.e., items of “property” but are rather complete and integral human beings fully deserving of commensurate dignity and respect.

In 2007, while Jalesia McQueen was married to her husband Justin Gadberry, they created four embryos through IVF. Two embryos were implanted in  McQueen and resulted in the birth of twin boys. The other two embryos were frozen for later use, but the couple then divorced. The couple had signed an agreement that granted custody of the two embryos to McQueen in case of a divorce, but the Missouri Trial Court invalidated the agreement. McQueen has taken the case to the Missouri Court of Appeals, and Thomas More Society’s amicus brief urges the Court to recognize that the frozen embryos are unique human beings with their own rights and should not be subject to a contract dispute.

“Human embryos, no matter how small, are fully human and deserve to be treated as such,” said Rita Gitchell, Thomas More Society Special Counsel. “Currently, the legal precedent dealing with frozen embryos is based on erroneous and misconceived ‘science’ which denies the intrinsic humanity of the human embryos, treats them as mere property, and subjects them to disposition according to the terms of private contracts to which they were neither parties nor participants in the bargaining process. It is high time, therefore, for courts to recognize, accept and take judicial notice of the most recent findings of biological and ancillary branches of science, to the effect that human life begins at fertilization, i.e., when the sperm and egg bind, and when a specific DNA is forged that is unique to that particular human being, and shared by no other throughout eternity unless there is an identical twin or a clone.”

“The question posed in these cases has a pivotal, and truly historic, dimension going back to the Dred Scott case (which incidentally also was adjudicated in St. Louis, Missouri),” said Tom Brejcha, Thomas More Society President and Chief Counsel.  “Once again, we’re making history in St. Louis,” added Gerard Nieters, Thomas More Society Special Counsel and Legislative Chairman for Missouri Right to Life. “At the same place where the Dred Scott decision came down, we’re facing another historic human rights decision, now in McQueen v. Gadberry. We hope that the Missouri Appellate Court will come down on the right side of history and science and recognize that human embryos are truly human.”

Legislative Update: 12/18/15

Pre-Filing of Legislation for 2016 Legislative Session

2016 Priority Legislation:
1. Expanding Abortion Clinic Inspections, Accountability for Disposal of Baby Body Parts, Ensure no selling or buying of baby body parts is happening in Missouri from in state abortion clinics or out of state clinics, Accountability for licensing of abortionists and abortion facilities as well as oversight of connections between abortion facilities and public institutions.

2. Ban Dismemberment Abortions.

3. Defund Planned Parenthood.

SB 644 – Sponsor: Bob Onder – Modifies provisions related to abortion. Includes pro-life language for donation of fetal tissue, tissue reporting, physician privileges, ambulatory surgical center reporting and abortion facility inspections (Support)

HB Number Coming Soon – Sponsor: Kathryn Swan – Modifies provisions related to abortion. Includes pro-life language for donation of fetal tissue, tissue reporting, physician privileges, ambulatory surgical center reporting and abortion facility inspections (Support)

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

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