Missouri Life News

Missouri House Improves Pro-Life Legislation Passed by Senate

The Following Statement is from Steve Rupp, MRL President:

On Tuesday in Special Session, the Missouri House improved and passed Senate Bill 5. The House Committee Substitute for Senate Substitute for Senate Bill 5 not only expands regulations on abortion in multiple statutes, it also improves the tracking of baby body parts from abortion to help prevent the selling and buying of these precious babies for research.

In addition, the House bill language expands the powers of the Attorney General and protects our Pregnancy Resource Centers and faith communities in St. Louis and across the State of Missouri from being forced to participate in abortion.

We are very grateful to the Missouri House leadership, sponsors and members for the passage of this much-improved pro-life bill.

The Pro-life citizens of Missouri encourage the Missouri Senate to be strong in their pro-life convictions and pass HCS SS SB 5.

Missouri Right to Life is the leading pro-life advocacy organization statewide, representing hundreds of thousands of pro-life Missourians. Solid legislation ensuring the right to life is crucial and we look to the Republican controlled super-majorities in the House and Senate to work to save these little innocent human lives and protect women.

Missouri Senate Passes Pro-Life Legislation

The Following Statement is from Steve Rupp, MRL President:

In the early morning minutes of June 15th, the Missouri Senate convened to pass a pro-life legislation package that expands some areas of pro-life laws. While the bill does not go as far as the Republican controlled super majority could have taken it, the bill does advance regulation on abortion in multiple statutes as well as protecting our Pregnancy Resource Centers and faith communities in St. Louis and across the State of Missouri from being forced to participate in abortion.

Other areas of major concern to women’s health were discussed but scaled back or not covered in this bill. A few concerns are: being able to match complete tissue samples from abortions to be able to diagnose dangerous medical conditions or to find out if all baby body parts have been removed and accounted for. This language would have ensured that marketing of baby body parts from abortion is not being done in Missouri. Information on this critical issue was brought out in the investigations of Planned Parenthood by the House and Senate Sanctity of Life Committees.

Another area of concern in the Senate bill relates to whistleblower protection. Frequently, employees of abortion facilities and research labs witness unsafe and/or unethical practices. If they choose to report this information to the proper authorities, they must be protected from retribution by the abortionist or facility owner. While the Senate version protects the abortionist performing or inducing the abortion and the research companies, the employees of abortion facilities or research labs are not protected in this bill.

We encourage the Missouri House to be strong in their pro-life convictions as they review Senate Bill 5 and address these and other areas of concern!

Missouri Right to Life is the leading pro-life advocacy organization statewide, representing hundreds of thousands of pro-life Missourians. Solid legislation ensuring the right to life is crucial and we look to the Republican controlled super-majorities in the House and Senate to work to save these little innocent human lives and protect women.

Urgent Call to Action for Pro-Life Special Session!

Governor Eric Greitens has called a special session for the legislature to return to Jefferson City to pass pro-life legislation.

The State Senate will take up the legislation first, then the bill(s) will move to the House.

Our pro-Life legislators need to see that you support them and support passage of pro-life legislation to protect women with comment sense health regulations, save unborn babies and protect our religious liberties so people of faith are not forced to participate in abortion.

With this in mind, we need you to come to the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City on Wednesday, June 14 at 2:30 in the afternoon to Rally for Life!!

Planned Parenthood, NARAL and other pro-abortion groups will also have a rally on Wednesday to lobby AGAINST passage of a pro-life bill.

So it is even more important for pro-lifers to come to Jefferson City to protect women, unborn babies and our religious liberties.

We CANNOT let a pro-abortion rally stop this life-saving legislation!

We know this is short notice but saving  innocent lives and protecting our religious liberties are worth your sacrifice.

Also, call The following Senators and ask them to pass this pro-life legislation.
1.  Your Senator
2.  President of the Senate, Senator Ron Richard.
3.  Senate Majority Floor Leader, Senator Mike Kehoe
4.  Senate Sponsor of the bill and Assistant Majority Floor Leader, Senator Bob Onder

If you have any questions, please call our Missouri Right to Life state office at 573-635-5110 or email us at righttolife@missourilife.org.

Please, come early and WEAR RED FOR LIFE!

See you at the Capitol in Jefferson City on the first floor rotunda this Wednesday, June 14 at 2:30!

MRL Grateful for Gov. Greitens’ Call for Special Session to Pass Pro-Life Legislation

The following statement is attributed to Steve Rupp, President and Susan Klein, Legislative Liaison for Missouri Right to Life:

Missouri Right to Life is pleased that Governor Greitens has seen the urgent need to call a special session of the legislature to pass legislation to protect women, unborn babies as well as the religious liberties of faith communities from all denominations to prevent them from being forced to participate in abortion.

While these bills failed to pass during the regular session, Governor Greitens has stepped forward to bring them back for passage by the pro-life majorities in our House and Senate.

We look forward to working with Governor Greitens and the legislature during this call for a special session to pass pro-life protections for Missouri’s citizens and faith based communities.

Missouri Right to Life is the leading pro-life advocacy organization statewide, representing thousands of pro-life Missourians. Legislation ensuring the right to life is crucial in achieving our goal to protect innocent human lives from inception to natural death.

Click here for Gov. Greitens’ press release.
Click here to watch the Governor’s Facebook video announcement.

Missouri Health Chief Pledges Crackdown on Abortion Law

In a press release last week, Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, suggested that previous administrations have not complied with the 1979 Missouri law requiring abortion providers and those who treat abortion complications to report every complication they diagnose or treat after an abortion to the Department of Health and Senior Services within 45 days.
“This is unacceptable,” Williams said, and the Department of Health and Senior Services has taken steps “to ensure future compliance with the law and understanding of the importance of these reports.”

Planned Parenthood has claimed that they did not know about the law, however they filed suit against it after it was enacted back in 1979. Their lawsuit was denied and the statute was upheld.

You can send a “thank you” note to Dr. Williams for vowing to investigate abortion complications at the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in St. Louis.

Dr. Randall W. Williams
Director, Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
912 Wildwood
PO Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102
randall.williams@health.mo.gov
(573) 751-6001

Senate Majority Fails to Pass Pro-Life Legislation

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.

Rest in Peace, Orville Burkemper

Former MRL Eastern Region board member and local pro-life hero Orville Burkemper passed away May 10, 2017.

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!

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