U.S. Senate to Vote on De-Funding Planned Parenthood!

pp-take-actionOver the past several weeks, videos released by The Center for Medical Progress have shown top doctors of Planned Parenthood Federation of America casually discussing the harvesting and trafficking of body parts from unborn children killed by abortion.

MRL shares in the feelings of outrage and horror that must be impacting every American who has any regard for decency, justice and a respect for life. Enough is enough. It’s time to end public funding of this abortion giant!

The U.S. Senate will vote as early as Monday, August 3, on a bill – strongly backed by National Right to Life – that would cut off all federal funds to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and all of its affiliates.

MO Senator Roy Blunt is one of the many lawmakers involved in recent efforts to de-fund Planned Parenthood. Last week, he signed a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell calling for her cooperation in a full investigation into the practices of the organization.

And this week he helped introduce Senate bill 1881 to fully de-fund Planned Parenthood.

Upon introduction of the legislation, Senator Blunt said, “The video footage of Planned Parenthood executives continues to raise deeply troubling questions, and, like most Americans, I am appalled by the disturbing actions these videos describe,” said Senator Blunt.  “It is clear that Planned Parenthood is not the right place for any federal dollars.  We will ensure every dollar taken away from Planned Parenthood will go toward women’s health care through our community health centers and other providers.”

Click here or call (202) 224-6154 to contact Sen. McCaskill and urge her to vote in support of “Sen. Ernst’s bill, S. 1881, to de-fund Planned Parenthood.” And be sure to thank Sen. Blunt for his efforts!

MRL Welcomes State Investigations into Planned Parenthood

capitolFollowing the release of controversial videos that raised questions about whether the national abortion provider was selling fetal tissue for profit, several Missouri lawmakers have called for investigations into Planned Parenthood’s operations in Missouri.

Last week, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder called on House Speaker Todd Richardson and Senate Pro Tem Tom Dempsey to conduct hearings to investigate whether or not any illegal activities were taking place in Missouri. “We in Missouri have been a pro-life state for many years, and we must hold hearings on this to determine what exactly is going on at Planned Parenthood,” Kinder said in a statement. “We cannot stand idly by in the face of such a callous and ghoulish revelation. Any organization participating in, profiting from or sponsoring the harvesting of body parts from aborted babies must be held accountable.”

This Tuesday, Senate Leader Tom Dempsey announced the creation of the Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life to investigate Planned Parenthood. “The recent allegations that Planned Parenthood is selling fetal tissue to medical laboratories is not only appalling, but illegal as well,” said Dempsey. “This type of action demands a legislative investigation. I am tasking this interim committee to find out exactly what is going on behind closed doors and hold them accountable for any illegal actions.”

Sen. Kurt Schaefer has been appointed committee Chairman and says that if these serious allegations prove to be true, the facility should not only lose its license, but be stripped of all federal funds they currently receive.

“Missourians deserve to know the truth behind this potentially atrocious violation of our state laws and humane values,” said Schaefer. “Over the next few months this committee will conduct a rigorous investigation into the monstrous and inconceivable acts carried out by Planned Parenthood.”

The committee will include seven members, and the duties will include conducting an in-depth analysis of the Planned Parenthood business model and methods by which they dispose human remains from aborted fetuses and determining whether any state dollars have been directly used in such activity, as well as other duties.

The committee will hold public hearings and issue a report to the General Assembly by Dec. 1, 2015. The organizational meeting of this committee will be Monday, July 27th.

At this time there is not yet a designated House committee for the investigation. However, Rep. Diane Franklin, Chairman of the House Children and Families Committee, and Rep. Andrew Koenig, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, have both announced plans for an investigation.

Also on Tuesday of this week, Attorney General Chris Koster announced that his office had opened an investigation into whether Planned Parenthood clinics in Missouri have violated state law in connection with their provision of abortion services.

Koster’s announcement came after Senators Kurt Shaefer, Mike Parson and Wayne Wallingford, who this year sponsored a bill to ensure annual inspections of abortion facilities, reached out to the AG asking him to look into the allegations against Planned Parenthood.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has said that he is not interested in an investigation.

“Missouri Right to Life welcomes the investigations that have been proposed by our elected officials. Planned Parenthood in other parts of the country has been investigated over the years for other illegal practices including the failure to report statutory rape and misuse of government funds,” said Steve Rupp, President of Missouri Right to Life.

“We have proposed an abortion facility inspection bill in the Missouri legislature for the past two legislative sessions. It is time to provide investigation and oversight of this huge corporation that enjoys the benefit of our tax dollars to carry out some of their reprehensible activities. In addition to these much needed investigations, we call upon the Missouri legislature and statewide officials to support and pass the abortion facility inspection bill,” Rupp concluded.

Nationally, U.S. Rep Ann Wagner (R-Ballwin, MO) is one of several lawmakers asking both the House Judiciary Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee to investigate Planned Parenthood.

Missouri Right to Life Joins with Defenders of the Unborn in Protest

A recent national expose caught Planned Parenthood Senior Director of Medical Services admitting they deal in selling body parts of the human beings they kill.

In this shocking video, the Senior Director of Medical Services is caught red-handed recommending Planned Parenthood ST. LOUIS as a source for such body parts.

40-days-STL2This evidence puts Planned Parenthood St. Louis in the middle of this national scandal.

Defenders of the Unborn will hold an expose/protest picket on the doorstep of that mill. The expose/protest will occur Tuesday, 7/21/2015, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Planned Parenthood Abortion Facility, 4251 Forest Park Ave.

In every abortion, an innocent unborn baby is brutally killed due to their inconvenience to those who should be caring for them. It is doubly reprehensible that abortionists choose to profit from the organs and tissue of these innocent babies.

Questions remain as to whether the mothers involved gave consent and include concerns about additional risks the mothers faced by the practices described by PP’s Medical Director.

Missouri Right to Life supports a thorough investigation by the State Legislature of Planned Parenthood practices and violations of federal and state laws and calls for the passage of the abortion clinic inspection bill that has been before the legislature the past two sessions.

Mary Maschmeier- Founder/President
Defenders of the Unborn

Happy Birthday, America: You Are Worth the Sacrifice!

In these days when the United States of America is under attack from terrorists, both foreign and domestic; when American citizens stand on, spit on, and burn our flag; when the US Supreme Court feels the need and freedom to rewrite the Constitution and laws; when career politicians see their service as nothing more than a means to power and privilege — let us remember. This is a great country, full of hard-working, patriotic, self-sacrificing Americans. 

From the statesmen and soldiers of the American Revolution, through the many battles and wars of the 1800s to the World Wars and conflicts of this century and the last, in every generation, there have been men and women who have sacrificed greatly for this country and for freedom.

For all the sacrifices, we are thankful!

Be Proud, Be Patriotic, Be an American

MRL Founding Member and Pro-Life Activist, Loretto Wagner, Dies

It is with a heavy heart that Missouri Right to Life bids farewell to one of our founding board members, Loretto Wagner, who died this past Wednesday. Over the years, Loretto has been active in all aspects of the pro-life movement.

Not only was she a founding member and past president of Missouri Right to Life — in which she was heavily involved in legislation and, through the MRL PACs, in election activities — she was also a founding member and long-time supporter and volunteer for Our Lady’s Inn and began the Missouri Caravan to the Washington DC March for Life. Through her work in the Eastern Region of MRL she was also involved in many educational efforts.

Jan Boyle, Missouri Right to Life State Board Member from Eastern Region, reflects on Wagner’s pro-life legacy in Missouri:

“Loretto was a glorious mix of many things — daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and dear friend and pro-life activist. In the early days of our pro-life advocacy, she, like many of us, worked from her home all the while caring for her husband, six children and her mother who was very ill.

“In 1986 she was awarded the Cardinal Carberry Award by the St. Louis Archdiocese. In her acceptance speech she noted that “there were not many Toll House cookies baked in her home,” but we all know the example of a good Christian Woman that she was.

“As our Federal and State Legislative chairman and MRL PAC volunteer, she showed the rest of us the way. My first encounter with her was in early 1980. Ronald Reagan and George Bush (Sr) were both contenders for the Presidential nomination. The money and the party was backing Bush, and the critics of Reagan, who was pro-life and at that time, Bush was not, said Reagan was ‘a know-nothing and an aging movie star.’

“Loretto lived in one of the two largest GOP townships and I lived in another. She knew how we could control the township caucus and instructed me on how to do it in my township. A lot of hard work went in to this, but a great number of pro-life delegates between the two townships were elected and we dominated the state and won Missouri for Ronald Reagan. This was the beginning of the changing of the tide that lead to his nomination.”

Pro-life Missouri and truly the nation, owe a great debt of gratitude to Loretto Wagner. We would not be the pro-life state that we are today without her leadership. Rest in Peace, Loretto.

Her obituary can be found here.

MRL Statewide Leadership Meeting

The Missouri Right to Life Statewide Leadership meeting will be held June 20th in Pleus Hall at Immaculate Conception Parish, 1208 E. McCarty, in Jefferson City. The gathering starts at 9:30 with the meeting starting promptly at 10:00 am.

Highlight of the meeting will be a Medical Care Dangers and End-of-Life Panel Discussion featuring Dave Drury of MO Lawyers for Life, John Ryan, a VA social worker, Jerry Nieters, MRL legislative chairman and Susan Klein, MRL Legislative Liaison.

Other highlights include a discussion of the expected Obamacare Supreme Court decision, state and federal legislative updates, and a separate presentation by the MRL PAC on the 2016 election.

Lunch will be provided for a goodwill offering.  All are welcome to attend.  Please RSVP to righttolife@missourilife.org or call 573-635-5110.

Legislation Saves Lives: Abortion Numbers Continue to Drop!

The preliminary number of abortions in 2013 has finally been released by the MO Dept. of Health. The total numbers of abortions in 2013 was 8,740. This is a decline of 287 abortions or over a 3% drop in one year. This continues a trend that has been going on almost steadily since 1980 thanks to pro-life activists!

mrl_abortion_statistics_graphBeginning in 2007, alternatives to abortion funding was provided through legislation. In 2010, expansion of the information given to women prior to an abortion was passed. In addition, in 2011 abortions on viable infants was banned. In 2011 restrictions on Medicaid funded abortions was passed. In 2013, tele-med abortions were prohibited.

Help us pass critical legislation and continue to reduce the numbers of abortions. Click here to make your donation.

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