Missouri Legislators End 2018 Session with a Mixed Review While President Trump Announces Action to Prevent Tax Dollars from Going to Abortion Providers
The following statement is from Steve Rupp, President of Missouri Right to Life:
Pro-life Missourians are questioning the lack of action by the Republican majority to end abortion after 5 months gestation when babies feel pain during the abortion. Pro-life people of faith and values worked and helped these legislators win their seats. We expect more!
We thank the House and Senate for the pro-life language in the budget to prevent our tax dollars from being used for abortion and for the many great programs that were funded in the appropriations bills like alternatives to abortion, show-me healthy babies and a new pilot program to help pregnant and post-partum moms get over drug addictions. We also thank the House and Senate for extending and increasing tax credits for those who donate to Pregnancy Resource Centers and Maternity Homes.
While we send money to great programs, we must also work to end the atrocities in abortion clinics where they are killing tiny babies in horrendous ways. These atrocities are occurring inside abortion clinics right in our own local communities as we shop, dine and go through our daily activities.
Missouri Right to Life continues to work with pro-life legislators and elected officials to find ways to protect women and babies.
Governor Greitens has been very active in his support of pro-life legislation. Attorney General Hawley has been active in fighting the abortion industry in their frivolous lawsuits against common sense pro-life laws. And, President Trump has announced that he will re-enact a Reagan Rule to prevent those who provide abortions or who are connected in any way to the abortion facility from receiving our federal tax dollars. We are in an active battle with those who kill babies for profit!
We are all working together to protect women and save babies from the deceptions of the abortion industry. Pray for our elected officials and Missouri Right to Life as we work together.
1. Call the President of the Senate, Ron Richard (573-751-2173)
2. Call Majority Floor Leader, Mike Kehoe (573-751-2076)
- Call your Senator: http://www.senate.mo.gov/2018-senator-listing-2/
- Call the President of the Senate, Ron Richard (573-751-2173)
- Call Majority Floor Leader, Mike Kehoe (573-751-2076)
- Ask these Senators to pass Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act – Ban Abortion at 5 Months of Pregnancy – 16 other states have already done this! (HB 1266)
- Ask these Senators to pass PRC Tax Credits (HB 1288)
- Ask these Senators to pass Two Custodial Parent Notification Prior to a Minor Child Getting an Abortion (HB 1383)
On the solemn occasion of the 45th anniversary of Roe v Wade, 44 pro-life warriors got on a bus at 8:00am Thursday, January 18th in Arnold, Missouri to make the pilgrimage to Washington DC for the March for Life.
The agenda was the same as every other year—drive through the day and night, arriving in DC at 7:00am. Get off the bus for 12 hours and do March activities. Get back on the bus at 7:00pm and go home.
The devil had other ideas. He doesn’t like us or the March.
We were having a great time on the ride up, sharing stories, getting to know new people and generally having fun. Then the bus broke down. We were in Spiceland, Indiana. No big deal, a mechanic came out and after an hour and a half got it fixed and we were on our way. This meant we might miss Mass the next morning, but maybe we could make up the time.
After a fitful night of “sleeping” the bus broke down again. It was 4:00am and we were in Hagerstown Maryland. This time the mechanics could not fix the bus. It took them until noon—yes 8 hours—to determine we needed a new bus. A new bus came and we were on our way. We already missed Mass and now we were going to miss the “Big Meeting” with our Congressmen and Senator. RATS!
With only 30 miles left to DC, our new bus started spewing white smoke and broke down. I’m not kidding. We pulled over to the left lane on Highway 270 with the rear of the bus jutting out into traffic. We moved all the kids who were in the rear of the bus to the front of the bus in case we got slammed into by a semi. The police came and got us over to the right shoulder. It was a little scary. After about an hour another new bus came and picked us up. Now we were going to be late for the March.
The new, new bus dropped us off by the Smithsonian and we ran down to join the March—with no way to find our Missouri Right to Life people in the 500 thousand people mass of humanity. When we caught up with the March we walked right up and the Missouri Right to Life banner was right in front of us. Take that devil!
The March was great and we got back on the bus at 7:00pm. The bus took us an hour in the wrong direction to the bus garage to get back on our original bus which was fixed while we marched. It wasn’t fixed. We waited 2 hours in the drivers lounge and finally were on the road at 10:00pm. We were going to be late getting home.
After a fitful night of “sleeping” we stopped for breakfast at 7:30am, 30 miles from Indianapolis. When we came out to leave, the bus broke down—I can’t make this up. We were there until noon before they could find another bus.
They finally found a bus—number 5—and we got on Highway 70 for the last 4 hours to St. Louis. After 4 minutes the bus broke down. Really? Really?
The driver said she lost all power and could barley get the bus over to the right shoulder at an exit. We were in that little triangle between the highway and the exit ramp. Trucks zooming by on either side made the bus rock like crazy. It was dangerous. We called the police to help us. They never came.
After another hour and a half, a new, new, new bus came and we cautiously got all of our gear out of the stalled bus on to the new, new, new bus and went home.
Incredibly, those 44 pro-life warriors NEVER complained. Every time a bus broke down, we prayed a rosary. They remained positive, upbeat and even joyful. What a blessing to be around people like that.
We’re all flying next year.
–Steve Rupp, President, Missouri Right to Life
The 45th annual March for Life in Washington DC on January 19 will draw hundreds of thousands of marchers from across the country including thousands of Missourians. While past marches have included more than 500,00 participants, they are routinely ignored by both the local and national media. We marchers represent all 50 states, all ages and walks of life, and are united in purpose and commitment.
We march because it is our First Amendment right as citizens to freedom of speech, assembly, and the right to petition the government for redress of grievance. We march in Washington because it is from there that the Supreme Court handed down concurrent decisions on January 22, 1973. Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton struck down all existing state laws regarding abortion and unleashed 45 years of abortion-on-demand for the full nine months of pregnancy in all fifty states.
We march because we believe in the words of the Declaration of Independence which acknowledge “self-evident” truths of the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” As good citizens, we seek to restore these rights which are being denied to millions of unborn children.
We march to protect women. According to various studies, many post-abortive women suffer numerous threats to their health including life-threatening complications, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress disorder, a higher death rate from various causes following their abortion and higher suicide rates. Abortion increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer and future miscarriages.
We march because we’re saving lives. National Right to Life reports that there is a long-term trend for fewer abortions. The number is down significantly from 1990 when the country saw an all-time high of 1.6 million abortions per year. According to both the Guttmacher Institute, the former research arm of Planned Parenthood, and the Center for Disease Control, abortions have been below one million per year since 2012. In Missouri, the number of abortions has been reduced by close to two-thirds from the high of 21,671 in 1980. Missouri abortions in 2016 fell to an all-time low of 7,254.
The efforts of the pro-life community to educate people on the truth and consequences of abortion, to provide alternatives to women in crisis pregnancies, to elect candidates who support the right to life of unborn children, and to support legislation that protects women from being victimized by the multi-billion dollar abortion industry is saving lives – millions of them.
We march because we know that each and every human life has intrinsic dignity and value that demands respect and protection. We know that the degrading of human life inherent in the abortion culture is reflected in the violence seen daily throughout America.
There are 60 million reasons why we march – the number of abortions since Roe and Doe according to reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Guttmacher Institute. Sixty million – a number that represents the total combined population of over 18 states. A number 40 times the total of American war deaths since and including the Civil War.
The marchers are overwhelmingly young people who recognize that the 60 million lives lost could have been their friends, neighbors or co-workers. They know that those 60 million people could have made great contributions to our society. They know that they themselves are survivors of a culture that increasingly seeks to solve its problems with violent means. They march because they recognize the injustice of these 60 million abortions. They march because they know that if those 60 million lives were not worthy of protection, then their own lives have less value.
The March for Life is the longest, largest, consecutive public assembly in the history of the United States. On this 45th anniversary of the tragic Roe and Doe decisions, we march once again as we will every year until the promise of our founding fathers is restored to all Americans – born and unborn.
We march for many reasons – 60 million of them.
(written by Pam Fichter, former President, Missouri Right to Life)
The Following Statement is from Steve Rupp, MRL President:
Pro-Life Missourians praise U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips’ ruling to deny Planned Parenthood’s request for a temporary restraining order on a provision of SB 5 requiring that a “medication [chemical] abortion complication plan” be filed with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. This requirement is a simple common sense health and safety plan.
Continue to pray for MRL as we work to save babies and protect women from the deceptions of the abortion industry by working to pass pro-life legislation. And pray for our Attorney General Josh Hawley and his team as they defend our pro-life laws passed by the pro-life majorities in our Missouri House and Senate.
Our many thanks and gratitude to Governor Eric Greitens for his call of the Special Session this past summer to pass the important provisions found in SB 5!
All provisions of SB 5 stand in full force in our Missouri statutes.
Planned Parenthood’s New Lawsuit Reveals Lack of Concern for Women and Unwillingness to be Held Responsible for Emergencies from Abortion
The Following Statement is from Steve Rupp, MRL President:
Missouri Right to Life and pro-life Missourians across the State of Missouri are not surprised that Planned Parenthood seeks, once again, to divert responsibility of care for abortion complications.
On Monday, October 30, Planned Parenthood filed another lawsuit requesting the court’s intervention to allow them to bypass common sense health and safety regulations. A provision of law found in SB 5 simply says that an abortion facility must have a complication plan on file with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).
DHSS issued the complication plan regulations on October 24, the day SB 5 took effect. The regulations require that either the doctor providing the abortion services or another obstetrician-gynecologist in the area be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to personally treat any woman experiencing complications.
Some complications from RU-486 can include: abdominal pain (cramping), nausea, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, fatigue, back pain, uterine hemorrhage (heavy bleeding), fever, viral infections, vaginitis, and rigors (chills/shaking).Danco Laboratories, the manufacturer of RU-486 in the U.S., provides a warning to health care providers who prescribe the drug: “Providers offering Mifeprex, should be aware that, as with other types of abortions, cases of serious bacterial infection, including very rare cases of fatal septic shock, have been reported following the use of Mifeprex.”
This latest lawsuit by Planned Parenthood clearly points out that Planned Parenthood does not want to be accountable for any emergency that arises after a women walks through their doors for an abortion.
We know Attorney General Josh Hawley and his staff will defend the common sense health and safety regulations found in SB 5. We pray that the courts rule in favor of SB 5’s protection clause for women.
Having an emergency plan in place is simple: just file the paperwork. Be responsible!
Missouri Right to Life will continue to work to pass legislation that saves lives and protects women from the injustices found in the abortion industry. We will also work through our political action committee to elect more pro-life leaders to pass common sense laws and appoint courts that uphold these common sense life-saving laws!
Missouri Right to Life is the leading, statewide, pro-life organization, representing hundreds of thousands of pro-life Missourians.