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MRL Responds to St. Louis Fire Department Report on Planned Parenthood

The following is a statement from Steve Rupp, President of Missouri Right to Life:

The St. Louis Fire Department released a report of the medical emergency calls placed by the St. Louis Planned Parenthood abortion mill from 1/1/09 through 4/6/16. This report was released in the settlement of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed against it by Operation Rescue in 2013. The report showed that 58 emergency calls were placed requiring ambulance services at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood abortion mill. Many of these calls were due to life-threatening conditions. On May 13, 2016, an additional ambulance was seen at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood. Clearly, the facility is a danger to women, as well as their babies.

Missouri Right to Life has written and lobbied for the passage of a law that would require more detailed reporting and regular, frequent, and thorough inspections and audits of abortion mills. These requirements will hold the abortion industry accountable. Sadly, this legislation has not passed both the House and the Senate.

There is no sign that Planned Parenthood will cease its barbaric practices. How many more women will be harmed before the Missouri legislature sends this bill to the Governor?

Pro-Life Job Opportunity

Missouri Right to Life is seeking to fill the new position of Field Development Director. This individual would maintain and expand the existing organizational structure, setting up new chapters statewide. This person must exhibit a passion for the pro-life cause, have excellent communication skills, both oral and written,  have organizational skills and the ability to multi-task.

A degree in communications, marketing or similar field desired but not required. Must be able to travel regularly and be willing to work both day and evening hours and weekends when necessary.

Position would be based out of Jefferson City. A vehicle and driver’s license are required. Please email or send your resume to Patty Skain, PO Box 651, Jefferson City MO 65102, righttolife@missourilife.org.

2016 Legislative Session Comes to a Close: Bill to Prevent the Sale of Aborted Babies Fails to Pass the Senate

While the House passed multiple pro-life bills, the Senate chose not to pass what the House sent over to them.

HB 2069, a substantive bill ensuring that babies’ bodies and body parts from abortion are not being sold for profit was never taken up for discussion. HB 2069 passed the House with a bi-partisan veto proof majority of a 120 votes. There is no reason for the Senate not to have sent HB 2069 to the Governor.

We are grateful for the work of the House and Senate Appropriation committees for funding positive pro-life programs passed in previous years (see below). These programs are changing hearts and minds.

But, if the legislators want to stop the killing of babies in abortion clinics, they MUST also pass legislation regulating abortion. The laws we are relying on right now in all the attacks from Planned Parenthood and the courts are because legislators stood up and passed laws regulating the abortion industry.

Why, with a pro-life super-majority, has the Missouri senate not passed important pro-life legislation? Missouri Right to Life has long believed that the abortion industry and the research industry are intrinsically connected. Missouri Right to Life has also made it clear that there should be a distinction between ethical and unethical research when working on public policies and funding.

While pro-lifers support passage of funding for good pro-life programs, defunding $380,000 from Planned Parenthood from our state budget and continuing further investigations of Planned Parenthood, we stand unified in the belief that significant pro-life legislation regulating the abortion industry and prohibiting the sale of baby body parts must be passed.

Until we can stop the killing of these innocent babies at the earliest stages of development from abortion or research, we must pass substantive legislation regulating these industries. Missouri Right to Life looks forward to working with the House and the Senate to pass substantive pro-life legislation in the years to come.

Budget Bills With Pro-Life Provisions:

  • Alternative to Abortion Funding
  • Maintained pro-life protective language on Dept. of Economic Development bill to prevent public mon­ies from being used for research on aborted babies, embryos, and human clon­ing.
  • For the purpose of provid­ing expansion of courier services for delivery of cord blood to the St. Louis Cord Blood Bank at SSM Cardi­nal Glennon Hospital.
  • Show-Me Healthy Babies Program Funding.
  • Family planning dollars in the state budget ($380,000) will now be funded by the state and not the federal government. These monies can be used for family plan­ning provided that none of the funds appropriated may be expended to directly or indirectly subsidize abortion services or procedures or administrative functions and none of the funds appropri­ated may be paid or granted to an organization that pro­vides abortion services.

Better Health Care for Women that does not in­clude abortion!

Planned Parenthood Escaping Accountability as Session Closes

Missouri Right to Life
Press Release

For Immediate Release
May 11, 2016

For Information:
Statewide: 573-635-5110

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

As the 2016 General Assembly session reaches its final hours, Missouri Right to Life (MRL) is profoundly disappointed and amazed that it appears as if no legislative action will be taken to address the scandalous prospect of the sale of baby body parts by Planned Parenthood.

For many months, Missourians have seen and heard continual press reports of the Sanctity of Life Committee, the videos of Planned Parenthood and their flagrant disregard for the lives of the unborn that they reduce to commodities, and the resistance of accountability from Planned Parenthood leadership and the pathology labs with whom they contract.

While it is appreciated that the General Assembly has taken budgetary steps to keep tax revenue from abortion providers, and that the State House of Representatives has passed numerous Pro-Life measures, there is still progress that can be made in the Missouri Senate.  But we are running out of time.

We have seen substantial laws enacted recently in neighboring states like Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas that promote the protection of the unborn in meaningful ways.  Yet it seems there is an arbitrary resistance to such efforts in the Missouri Senate.  MRL and the voters are quite curious as to why.

Each election year, there is a mad dash for each conservative candidate, including current officeholders, to proclaim themselves as a “Pro-Life” champion and a warrior for “values”.  The Missouri Right to Life Political Action Committee (MRL PAC) would like to be able to communicate with voters how committed the Missouri legislators are to advancing Pro-Life legislation.  It looks as though the Missouri Senate will prevent such proclamations from being made in 2016.

There is still time to do what needs to be done to hold Planned Parenthood accountable.  The State Senate can still pass HB 2069, which would make sure there is no sale of baby body parts in Missouri!

There is no reason that such a majority, elected by hundreds of thousands of Pro-Life voters, should not pass this common-sense legislation to guard against the abuses perpetrated by Planned Parenthood.  Whether it be the biotech lobby, the minority party demands, or the claims of a liberal Attorney General, we need to put the lives of unborn children first.  Our state will face serious ballot challenges this year, and there is no upside to keeping Pro-Life legislation from advancing and passing.


Your calls and emails are still needed!

Call to Action on HCS HB’s 2069 & 2371!

Our Legislators need to know that you support them as they work to pass pro-life legislation.

Call your Senator, thank him/her for what they have done so far, and let them know that we need HCS HB’s 2069 & 2371 passed to give the full force of law to ensure that baby body parts are not being sold in Missouri or around the United States.
What Will HCS HB’s 2069 & 2371 Accomplish?

  • Requires the accounting of and reporting of all body parts of the aborted baby.
  • Prohibits donation of baby organs or tissue after an abortion.
  • Imposes penalties for sale of baby body parts of the aborted baby.
  • Requires all remains of an aborted baby to be submitted to a board certified pathologist.
  • Requires a detailed tissue report on every abortion.
  • Requires disclosure of the entity conducting the exam of the remains of an aborted baby.
  • Requires tracking of the baby’s remains from abortion facility to pathology lab to disposition location.
  • Mandates that the Department of Health receive report copies which are available to the public.
  • Noncompliance requires an unscheduled inspection of the abortion facility.
  • Un-remedied deficiencies result in a suspended license (1 year minimum).
  • The Health Department will make annual report of deficiencies to the General Assembly.
  • Contains whistleblower protections for people who work in the abortion clinic, the pathology lab, or the research facility.

Take Note: Anything that impedes the financial incentive for the abortion industry decreases the number of abortions. Please call your State Senator and ask him/her to pass HCS HBs 2069 & 2371.

Session ends on Friday, May 13 at 6:00 p.m. So time is critical!

Click here to lookup your Senator and their contact info.

Missouri Right to Life Statewide Meeting

Mark your calendars, the MRL Statewide Meeting will be this June 18, 10 am at Pleus Hall, 1208 E. McCarty St. All are welcome. Lunch will be provided.
Guest speaker will be James Harris. Harris has been a political strategist for several years and has worked on campaigns in 12 states and at the national level. Over the years, clients have included several members of Congress, gubernatorial campaigns, and Fortune 500 companies. Harris has served as an advisor to several members of Congress, assisting the campaigns of Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, Congressman Billy Long, and Congressman John Carter. In addition, Harris served on the national finance committee for multiple presidential campaigns.

In 2004, Harris was recruited to serve as Political Director on Matt Blunt¹s gubernatorial campaign. Prior to working for Governor Blunts campaign, Harris was Chief of Staff to Congressman John Carter (TX-31) after managing Carters successful campaign in an eight way Republican primary.

Harris resides in Jefferson City, with his wife Jillian, their daughter
Margaux, and their son Jack. They are members of the Cathedral of St.

No Need for Aborted Fetal Tissue to Study Zika Nor to Make Zika Vaccine

Another clear example of the lack of need for freshly aborted fetal tissue in virus and vaccine studies are the recent reports on the susceptibility of developing human brain cells to Zika virus.

Scientists from Florida State, Emory, and Johns Hopkins developed a successful model system to show that the Zika virus can infect and damage some developing brain cells.[1] The established experimental model, which the authors of the paper note can now be used for further investigations of developing brain as well as screening therapeutic compounds, was not developed using fetal tissue.

The successful system uses human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells); these iPS cells are ethically created from skin or other normal cell types, and earned the 2012 Nobel Prize for Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, their originator.

Another recent study by a Brazilian group confirms the susceptibility of developing human brain cells to Zika virus infection, with potential damage to infected brain cells. Again, the successful study did not use human fetal tissue, but rather human iPS cells.[2]

No current vaccines are made using fresh aborted fetal tissue. A few vaccines are made using old cell lines that were derived from two abortions; the cell lines were created in the 1960’s and 1970’s (the cell lines are called WI-38 and MRC-5).

Fresh aborted fetal tissue has not been used to make vaccines for decades. Reliance on aborted fetal cells is an antiquated science. In addition, the CDC and other leading medical authorities have noted since 2001 that “No new fetal tissue is needed to produce cell lines to make these vaccines, now or in the future.”[3]

Modern vaccine development does not rely on fetal tissue or human fetal cell lines. Another example of this is the recent success of a field test of a vaccine against Dengue virus, a close relative of Zika.[4] The vaccine provided 100% protection,[5] but was developed using monkey cells and a mosquito cell line.[6]


[1] Tang H et al., Zika Virus Infects Human Cortical Neural Progenitors and Attenuates Their Growth, Cell Stem Cell 18, 2016; in press, doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2016.02.016

[2] Garcez PP et al., Zika virus impairs growth in human neurospheres and brain organoids, PeerJ Preprints 4:e1817v3; doi: 10.7287/peerj.preprints.1817v3

[3] See, e.g., “Vaccine Ingredients – Fetal Tissues,” The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 2014; accessed July 21, 2015 at www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center/vaccine-ingredients/fetal-tissues; CDC quote originally accessed July 2015 at: http://www.ascb.org/newsfiles/fetaltissue.pdf

[4] Kirkpatrick BD et al., The live attenuated dengue vaccine TV003 elicits complete protection against dengue in a human challenge model, Sci. Transl. Med. 8, 330ra36, 2016.

[5] Check Hayden E, Dengue vaccine aces trailblazing trial, Nature, 16 March 2016, doi: 10.1038/nature.2016.19576

[6] Men R et al., Dengue Type 4 Virus Mutants Containing Deletions in the 39 Noncoding Region of the RNA Genome: Analysis of Growth Restriction in Cell Culture and Altered Viremia Pattern and Immunogenicity in Rhesus Monkeys, J. Virology 70, 3930, 1996; and Medina F et al., Dengue Virus: Isolation, Propagation, Quantification, and Storage, Current Protocols in Microbiology 15D.2.1-15D.2.24, November 2012

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