Missouri House Passes Omnibus Pro-life Bill Protecting Unborn Children and the Health and Safety of Women
Missouri Right to Life
The following statement is from Steve Rupp, President of Missouri Right to Life:
Yesterday, the Missouri House third read and finally passed HB 126 by a vote of 117 to 39. This bill is the strongest pro-life bill ever attempted in the United States. It has multiple provisions including the Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act language, which bans abortion at 20 weeks when unborn children are capable of feeling pain. This language is in effect in 16 other states and should go into effect in Missouri shortly after it is signed by Governor Parson.
All pro-life Missourians are extremely grateful to the Missouri House for their leadership in passing the most pro-life bill ever attempted in our country. Missouri is a pro-life state and we will not stand by as liberal states around the country legalize abortion up to birth and even infanticide. This legislation will save thousands of lives and ensure the safety and legal recourse for women in Missouri who seek abortions.
HB 126 also challenges Roe v. Wade with a ban on abortion at eight weeks gestation and later, when a heartbeat can be detected. While this language reflects the scientific truth of the humanity of the unborn child, pro-abortion forces will us the courts to try to stop this life-saving legislation.
In addition, this bill enacts the “Right to Life of the Unborn Child Act” which “is a trigger ban” on all abortions in Missouri, contingent upon the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the adoption of a federal Human Life Amendment or the enactment of a federal Human Life Bill.
Also included in the bill is a requirement that the second custodial parent be notified when a minor is seeking an abortion. Parents have the right to know about the medical procedures on the children in their custody. Missouri currently has a one-parent consent requirement with a judicial bypass option.
HB 126 bans abortions for race, gender or a Down Syndrome diagnosis and increases the medical malpractice insurance requirements for those performing or inducing abortions to bring it in line with medical standards for other surgical procedures.
And finally, it obligates abortion facilities and family planning agencies to provide Missouri’s printed informed consent information to a woman if they refer the woman to an out of state abortion facility.
The bill will now go to the Senate for consideration. We call upon our pro-life Senate to take up HB 126 as passed in the House, pass it and send it to the Governor’s desk.
Last week the Missouri Supreme Court ruled against the Satanic Temple in its challenge to Missouri’s 72-Hour waiting period law. The Court basically said that none of the alleged harms presented by the Satanic Temple case violates the plaintiff’s “religious” beliefs. Therefore, she had no case to argue in the court.
The informed consent legislation that includes the 72 hour reflection period is protecting women from the deceptions of the abortion industry and has saved the lives of many unborn babies. The 72 hour reflection period before an abortion begins after a woman is offered information about the development of her baby, the dangers involved in an abortion, the opportunity to see an ultrasound, information about Alternatives to Abortion, where a woman can find resources to help her in a crisis pregnancy and much more.
We are thankful the Missouri Supreme Court saw no basis for this case in the court.
Missouri Right to Life congratulates Josh Hawley and his family on his position as Missouri’s newest U.S. Senator!
Sen. Hawley was sworn into office on Thursday, January 3, 2019. We are thankful for his pro-life work as Missouri’s Attorney General and we look forward to Senator Hawley’s work in the U.S. Senate to pass laws that will protect and defend innocent human lives.
Missouri Right to Life also congratulates Missouri’s new Attorney General, Eric Schmitt, and his family on his new position as Missouri’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer!
Attorney General Schmitt was sworn in to office at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 3, 2019. He becomes Missouri’s 43rd Chief Law Enforcement Officer.
We look forward to AG Schmitt’s leadership in defending common sense laws that give protection to innocent human lives.
Legislators tell us continually that listening to their constituents is very important to their decision-making process on issues that affect the lives of the people they represent. We know from the almost 45 years that we have worked in the state and federal legislative arenas, that this is true. Pro-life constituent participation is critical to passing pro-life legislation and saving lives.
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Please join us at the Annual Missouri Right to Life Statewide Leadership Meeting on Saturday, November 10 and be a part of our winning team that is closing abortion clinics across Missouri!
It will be an election celebration with news on upcoming lawsuits, legislation and new Statewide leaders.
MRL General Council, Jim Cole, will be leading a workshop and discussions on Personhood, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Importance of our MRL Chapters.
MRL PAC Chairman, Dave Plemmons, and MRL Executive Director/Legislative Liaison, Susan Klein, will be sharing information and discussing our wins in the November 6 elections.
MRL Legislative Director. Jerry Nieters, and Susan Klein will be discussing the legislative agenda for the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session.
These topics are important to the pro-life work in Missouri. Come be a part of our winning team for life!
Call 573-635-5110 today to make your reservations. Lunch will be served.
U.S. District Judge Ruling Supports Health and Safety Standards
The Missouri Legislature has consistently passed legislation that requires common sense health and safety standards for abortion facilities and other medical facilities.
Among these standards of care is a requirement that a physician have hospital privileges within 30 miles of the abortion clinic where the abortion is being committed and that the abortion clinic be required to operate under the same medical standards as all ambulatory surgical centers.
In 2017, these laws were revised in SB 5 and a requirement for a complication report to be on file with the Department of Health and Senior Services was put in place for any clinic administering abortion pills.
These requirements ensure that if and when an emergency arises that the woman who has had an abortion will have continuity of care when her life is in serious jeopardy.
On September 28 the Department of Health performed an unannounced inspection of the Columbia Planned Parenthood and found red bodily fluid and mold in hoses and rusty equipment.
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director, Dr. Randall W. Williams, who is a physician with 30 years of experience in obstetrics and gynecology, wrote in his declaration, submitted to the court prior to an October 1 hearing by District Judge Brian Wimes, on Planned Parenthood’s latest lawsuit asking not to have to abide by the law that requires hospital privileges:
“After surgical abortions, some complications will be immediate and will require emergency transfer to a hospital from the abortion facility for emergency care. Some complications, both immediate and delayed, will be life-threatening and require hospitalization and/or surgical procedures in a time-sensitive manner. Patient safety is most at risk at the time of complications. Having a physician who can follow the patient from the abortion facility to a nearby hospital where the physician has privileges and can provide the life-saving treatment commonly associated with the usual major complications or timely treatment of other complications is part of the responsibility a physician undertakes when he or she agrees to provide that patient’s elective care. … When the physician performing the abortion has privileges at a nearby hospital, this provides continuity of care from that physician to whom the patient has entrusted her care, with whom she has an ongoing relationship, and who knows her best. The physician can accompany her to the hospital and be there for her with his or her expertise to immediately treat her complication.”
Late yesterday, October 2, District Judge Brian Wimes ruled against Planned Parenthood’s request to remove the hospital privileges requirement. This ruling effectively ends abortions in Columbia because they cannot meet common sense medical standards.
Abortion takes the life of a child and changes the woman’s life forever. The failure of those who commit abortions to be able to provide post-abortion care after such a seriously invasive procedure is a clear sign that they are out of touch with the health and safety needs of women who walk into these abortion facilities.
We thank the legislators who supported these common sense requirements, our Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Randall Williams and our pro-life Attorney General Josh Hawley and his staff who are standing up to protect the health and safety of women in Missouri.
If Planned Parenthood cannot meet simple common sense health and safety standards, they should not be treating women.
There are many federally qualified health centers that provide quality health care services for women.
Today, we have much to be thankful for! Women and babies lives will be saved because of this decision!