MO Senate Fails to Pass Women’s Protection Act Requiring Annual Inspection of Abortion Facilities

Missouri Right to Life Press Release
For Immediate Release
May 15, 2015

For Information:
Statewide: 573-635-5110
St. Louis:   314-397-0847

Missouri Senate Fails to Pass 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) is profoundly disappointed that the Missouri Senate has failed to approve an important public safety measure to ensure the annual inspection of abortion facilities. HB 190, introduced by Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau), would have ensured annual inspections for licensed abortion facilities. It would have ensured that an inspection would not be “optional” for any Department of Health official, bureaucracy, or state executive to forego this much-needed requirement.

The measure was third read and finally passed by the House with a vote of 119-35 on February 25 and sent to the Senate. An identical bill, SB 33, introduced by Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) was never acted on by the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, Senator Dixon, Chairman, since being assigned on January 15, 2015.

In the final week of the legislative session, on Tuesday, all efforts to pass legislation in the Senate stalled due to the procedural move to call for the previous question on right to work. While we know that other issues are important to Missourians, there was no need to call for the PQ on Tuesday when there were other extremely important issues still on the calendar needing passage by the Republican majority. The PQ could have been called on Friday.

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. One such ambulance visit was as recent as this past February.

Missouri Right to Life and pro-life groups around the state 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. The horrendous crimes that have been committed in other abortion facilities across this nation, especially the Gosnell clinic in Pennsylvania and the Karpen clinic in Texas have brought the need for this type of legislation to a critical level. And now we wait for another entire year before women can expect a level of safety that should be guaranteed to them by the State.

While we are grateful that the General Assembly passed increased funding for our Alternatives to Abortion Program and pro-life protections on the Economic Development Budget Bill, we are profoundly disappointed that a purported “pro-life legislature” did not pass a bill addressing the dangers of abortion.

At last report from the Department of Health, there were 9,027 abortions in 2012. The taking of lives of innocent human babies and the women who are at risk are still ongoing “emergency situations” that should have been addressed by the Missouri Senate on multiple bills this year.

We look forward to working with the Missouri legislators to pass pro-life legislation in the 2016 legislative session.

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.

U.S. House Passes Landmark Bill to Protect Pain-Capable Unborn Children and Live-Born Abortion Survivors

Missouri Right to Life is grateful to our Missouri pro-life delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives for their support of HR 36, which will protect babies 20 weeks and older from the horrific experience of abortion.

The following press release is from National Right to Life:

WASHINGTON – With the support of a vast majority of House Republicans, and due to the pro-life dedication of the House Republican leadership, the U.S House of Representatives today passed landmark legislation, 242-184, to extend federal protections to unborn children who have reached 20 weeks fetal age, and those who are born alive during late abortions.

The bill was developed from model legislation developed by National Right to Life in 2010, enacted thus far in 11 states.

“This bill would save thousands of unborn babies annually from terribly painful deaths,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “It is now clear that the overwhelming majority of House Democrats believe that painfully dismembering babies, in the sixth month and later, is just fine – now let them try to explain that to their constituents.”

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act has been the right-to-life movement’s top congressional priority for the 114th Congress. Like the state bills, the proposed federal law would generally extend legal protect to unborn humans beginning at 20 weeks fetal age, based on congressional findings that by that point (and even earlier) the unborn child has the capacity to experience great pain during an abortion.

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What to Get Mom for Mother’s Day

mothers-dayThere are any number of trinkets, arrangements, and special dinners to give your mom for Mother’s Day. Give her something to let her know how much she means to you.

My mom recently went through open-heart surgery and is now recuperating. For several days prior to and during the surgery, her hospital stay and now recuperation I was called on to put my life on hold and be there for her. I want her to know that it is an honor and privilege to do these things for her just as she has done so much for her children and grandchildren over the years.

For Mother’s Day, in addition to the nice dinner and flowers, I am giving her a letter similar to Greg Chesmore’s letter in latest printed MRL Newsletter. Maybe you would like to do something similar. The letter is available here on page four. http://www.missourilife.org/news/2015/mrl_news_april2015.pdf

–Patty Skain, MRL Executive Director

“Motherhood is a great honor and privilege, yet it is also synonymous with servanthood. Every day women are called upon to selflessly meet the needs of their families. Whether they are awake at night nursing a baby, spending their time and money on less-than-grateful teenagers, or preparing meals, moms continuously put others before themselves.” –Charles Stanley

Legislative Update: 5/1/15

The 2015 legislative session ends next week. Please pray for MRL and all legislators!

Highlights of last Week:
HB 190 – The abortion clinic inspection bill which changes the laws regarding the protection of women’s health care.  On Senate Informal HB on Third Reading Calendar awaiting final action by the Senate.   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

HB 151 – Was heard Tuesday, April 28 in the House Economic Development and Business Attraction and Retention Committee.  HB 151 Prohibits any public funds or governmental economic incentives to be authorized for a project involving abortion services, human cloning, or prohibited human research.  The ACLU testified in opposition to HB 151 because they do not want to prohibit public funding of abortion services in statute.  Sponsor:  Jeff Messenger
Testimony in Support of HB 151 Before the House Economic Development and Business Attraction and Retention Committee: http://missourilife.org/legislation/2015/hb151.html

HB 81 – Changes the law regarding consent for a minor to have an abortion to ensure that those posing as a parent are truly the parents of that minor girl.  HB 81 was voted Do Pass in the House Children and Families Committee Thursday morning, April 30 – Sponsor:  Sonya Anderson
Testimony in Support of HB81:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2015/hb81.html

SB 24 – Governor Nixon Vetoed SB 24 Thursday, April 30, 2015. Legislature Expected to Override Governor’s Veto in these last two weeks of the 2015 legislative session.
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 includes an additional 2% of funding for the Alternatives to Abortion Program. This will add an additional $4.3 million for the Alternatives to Abortion Programs to spend each year. Missouri Right to Life supports this additional funding in SB 24. Sponsors: Sen. David Sater and Rep. Diane Franklin

Awaiting Governor’s Action on the Budget.  Budget was delivered to the Governor two weeks earlier than constitutional deadline. (See HB 5 & HB 7 in the full update.)

Continue Calls 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.

Simon’s Law: Your Calls Still Needed!

With just three weeks left in the 2015 legislative session, your calls are still 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 last week’s legislative update and information on all the bills we are keeping an eye on.

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.]

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