Missouri Life News

Senator John Schneider, Rest in Peace

It is with respect and appreciation that Missouri Right to Life remembers Senator John Schneider who passed away last weekend.

Over the 32 years that he served in the Missouri Senate, whenever pro-life legislation was being considered, Senator Schneider could be found right in the middle of it advocating for the lives of unborn children.

In the later years, when passing pro-life legislation became more difficult, John Schneider was able, due to his statesmanship, his relationships in both parties and his expertise in moving legislation through the process, to make it happen. The passage of the Infant protection act, the Missouri ban on partial- birth abortion and the override of Democrat governor Mel Carnahan would not have happened without Senator Schneider.

Not only would the law stop partial-birth abortion in Missouri, language similar to that in the Missouri bill was used in the second version of the federal bill which was passed and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. The federal ban on partial-birth abortion stopped the practice across the country.

Rest In Peace, Senator Schneider.

Urgent Action Alert on Board Bill 203!

Contact Lewis Reed, President of the St. Louis City Board of Alderman, ask him not to take up BB 203 for a vote!

paris-2Your help is needed to oppose Board Bill 203, a proposed ordinance in the City of St. Louis that attacks and threatens the deeply held moral and religious convictions of the people of St. Louis by seeking to make St. Louis a “sanctuary city” for abortion!

BB 203 attempts to force Churches and others to be complicit in the profound evil of abortion. The President of the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen, Lewis Reed, needs to hear from you that you oppose making St. Louis an abortion sanctuary.

BACKGROUND:

BB 203 would force employers and landlords to hire and rent to people who publically support abortion, or face charges of discrimination. The language of the bill is ambiguous, but it could have profound and troubling consequences for religious institutions.

Under the proposal, employers, including religious employers, could not refuse to hire someone who publicly supports abortion rights. In addition, non-religious landlords could not refuse to rent property to abortion providers, or those aligned with the abortion industry.

Because this ordinance, in effect, requires religious organizations to support abortion rights and advocacy, there can be no room for compromise. BB 203 must be withdrawn or defeated.

The St. Louis City Board of Aldermen have their last meeting tomorrow, February 10, 2017, before they adjourn for an election cycle and a new session beginning in April. Contact President Lewis Reed and ask him not to take up BB 203 for a vote during their meeting tomorrow morning.

President of the Board of Alderman Lewis Reed
Phone: (314) 622-4114

Even after offices close you can send the following email message:

Please do not take up BB 203 for a vote tomorrow!  Do not let St. Louis become an abortion sanctuary city!

Forward this to anyone you know in St. Louis City or St. Louis County.  Those outside St. Louis can let them know that you will not support businesses and other events in the City of St Louis if it becomes a sanctuary city for abortion.

Click the link below to log in and send your message:
https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/3VEuM3icQPPYug5iDRMlcA

Missouri Right to Life Praises Nomination of Judge Gorsuch to Supreme Court

Steve Rupp, President of Missouri Right to Life, commends President Trump for his selection of Judge Neil Gorsuch as successor to Justice Scalia:

“Missouri Right to Life is excited about President Trump’s selection of Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

We are so pleased that President Trump has fulfilled his promise to appoint a Supreme Court justice who appears to, like Justice Scalia, interpret the Constitution as it was written by its constructors. We believe this is the first step to move our nation towards a Court that will value innocent human lives.

Pray for Judge Gorsuch as he begins the confirmation process to serve on the highest court in our nation. May God bless him and our country.”

Urgent Action Alert on Senate Concurrent Resolution 10

The City of St. Louis is considering changes to its anti-discrimination ordinance to add pregnancy and “reproductive health decisions” as protected classes.

If this passes, employers, regardless of the personal views or religious beliefs, would be prohibited from discriminating against persons, partnerships, associations, corporations, etc., who obtain abortion, birth control or artificial reproduction. There are no exemptions for churches, religious organizations or for any person with a conscientious objection.

State Senator Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) is trying to stop this blatant discrimination against people of faith by sending a message to the City of St. Louis with the filing of Senate Concurrent Resolution 10 (SCR 10).

SCR 10 urges the St. Louis Board of Aldermen to abandon or defeat the effort to make St Louis City an abortion sanctuary with the passage of proposed ordinance 203.

Missouri Right to Life encourages all pro-lifers to contact their state senator and urge the passage of SCR 10 and SB 41 (Sen. Wayne Wallingford). The effort to make pregnancy, abortion and “reproductive health decisions” protected classes must be stopped.

We must not allow this movement to take hold and spread to other Missouri cities. Click here to identify and contact your senator.

Pro-Life Prayer for President Trump

nrl-pres-trumpLord God, Author of Life and Source of Eternal Life,

Protect President Donald Trump and his family and keep them safe as they lead our great nation. Move his heart to fulfill his responsibilities worthily and well to all those entrusted to his care.

Help him in his special leadership role, to extend the mantle of protection to the most vulnerable, especially the defenseless unborn, whose lives are threatened with extermination by an indifferent society.

Guide all public officials by your wisdom and grace to cease supporting any law that fails to protect the fundamental good that is human life itself, which is a gift from God and parents.

You are the Protector and Defender of the lives of the innocent unborn. Change the hearts of those who compromise the call to protect and defend life. Bring our nation to the values that have made us a great nation, a society that upholds the values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all.

Amen.

Merry Christmas!

christmas-2016Christmas is a time of hope. It’s a time of peace and love and sharing.  God came into this world as a small and defenseless baby. God prepared and ordained a loving woman to give him birth and with her, a loving man to care for and raise him.

Let us pray during this season of hope for our communities, our country and our world that is so in need of the presence of Jesus. Let us pray that our innocent children will be cared for and protected by loving adults around them.

May your days be filled with peace, hope, and joy this Christmas season.

As always, thank you for your loyalty, and support.

Sincerely,
All of us at Missouri Right to Life

Senator Bob Onder files the Women’s Health and Clinic Safety Act

Last week Senator Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, filed the Women’s Health and Clinic Safety Act.

The proposed bill states that no person shall knowingly donate or make an anatomical gift of fetal organs or tissue resulting from an abortion. The bill requires that all fetal organs and tissue removed at the time of abortion be sent to the pathologist for examination while also outlining what the pathologist must include in his or her report regarding the same, and clarifies procedures for how the Department of Health handles these reports.

Protections for whistleblowers who report violations of law regarding the handling of fetal organs and yearly on-site inspections of abortion clinics are also required under the act.

Sen. Onder’s legislation has the support of Missouri Right to Life and other prolife organizations.

“Missouri Right to Life is honored to be working with Senator Bob Onder and all our pro-life Senators as we begin the 2017 legislative session. We look forward to the passage of the ‘Women’s Health and Clinic Safety Act’. This legislation will provide protection for women by ensuring an annual inspection and require accountability from abortion clinics for all abortions. We look forward to the passage of the bill,” said Susan Klein, Legislative Liaison for Missouri Right to Life.

Senator Wayne Wallingford and Senator David Sater have also filed pro-life bills strongly supported by Missouri Right to Life. We will be working with Senator Wallingford and Senator Sater to move these bills to final passage:

SB 41 – Relating to Alternatives to Abortion
Senator Wayne Wallingford
SB 67 – Relating to Abortion Clinic Inspections
Senator Bob Onder
SB 96 – Relating to a Ban on Sex Selection Abortions
Senator David Sater

Watch for more information in our weekly lifeline on the 2017 Legislative Session. The session begins on Wednesday, January 4. Please pray for all our legislators and state officials as they transition into their public service positions.

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