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.
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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!
Missouri Right to life worked to put in place these unannounced abortion clinic inspections to show the unsanitary conditions inside abortion clinics. They are a danger to women who enter these abortion clinics. Unannounced abortion clinic inspections were passed by the legislature in 2017 in SB 5.
Please pray for the court hearing on Monday morning at 9:00 am.
The Missouri Department of Health and Human Services has just released the latest abortion statistics for 2017. The decline in the number of abortions continues at a steady rate.
The decline is due to all pro-life activists working together to pass pro-life laws, offer alternatives to abortion, education on fetal development and other facts of life, prayerful witness outside clinics and much more.
In 2016, the number of abortions was 7,275. In 2017, there were 6,790 abortions in Missouri. This is a 6.65% decline from 2016.
In 1980, the year the highest number of abortions were reported, there were 21,671 abortions in Missouri. The 2017 abortion number of 6,790 is a decline of 14,881 abortions, or almost 69%.
Thousands of babies have been saved year after year since 1980!
Pro-life work, on all fronts, continues to save lives and will someday restore the sanctity of human life for all our citizens.
Keep up the great work, pro-life Missouri! We are winning this fight, but it is far from over. Please help us save more lives!