Statement from Susan Klein, Legislative Liaison, Missouri Right to Life:
Judge Sachs, in his ruling supporting abortion services for women, is apparently not concerned that medical services at Planned Parenthood St. Louis are well below the quality of what could be considered acceptable medical standards.
Judge Sachs is giving a dangerous stamp of approval to Planned Parenthood’s history of having rusty equipment, dirty tables, expired drugs and untrained personnel offering services. These infractions are in public inspection reports of the Planned Parenthood in St Louis. This same Planned Parenthood has had at least 69 emergency ambulance calls since 2009.
Missouri Right to Life is disappointed in Judge Sachs’ pro-abortion ruling and we look forward to Attorney General Josh Hawley’s defense of Missouri laws enacted for the health and safety of women.
We also look to our legislators and Governor Greitens for help in addressing this egregious ruling. The state has a vested interest in protecting our citizens who will be harmed by this ruling. Missouri laws addressed by Judge Sachs have been in effect in Missouri since 2005.
MISSOURI RIGHT TO LIFE
For Immediate Release:
March 28, 2017
Missouri House Gives First Round Approval
to Stop Sanctuary Cities for Abortion
Steve Rupp, President of Missouri Right to Life, praises the House Members for their action today on HCS HB 174.
The Missouri House gave first round approval today to HCS HB 174. HCS HB 174 would give clear protection to the religious liberty of alternatives-to-abortion agencies and their agents to freely engage in religious practices and speech without government interference.
In HCS HB 174, a political subdivision of this state is preempted from enacting, adopting, or enforcing any ordinance or any other form of regulation that would interfere with, or otherwise adversely affect an alternatives-to-abortion agency or any other religious organizations and their agents’ operations or speech.
HCS HB 174 is necessary because an ordinance (BB 203) was passed by the Board of Aldermen in the City of St. Louis. This ordinance 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.
Unless HCS HB 174 is enacted, BB 203 will force churches and others to be complicit in the profound evil of abortion. Today the House, with a vote of 116 to 34, took the first step to correct this situation.
After final approval in the House, the bill will move to the Senate for passage. Governor Greitens has committed to signing this legislation.
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.
Contact Lewis Reed, President of the St. Louis City Board of Alderman, ask him not to take up BB 203 for a vote!
Your 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.
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.
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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.”
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.
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