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!
The FDA is encouraging the dismemberment of innocent, living human beings to provide them with a flow of baby body parts for experimentation. And they are using YOUR tax dollars to buy those body parts. See the links below for more details.
This is heinous and barbaric at every level. Is it not enough that the most innocent among us are being killed by the most violent means imaginable? But then these poor children are dissected to obtain their brains for purchase by the Food and Drug Administration.
As Americans and children of God we have a moral obligation to stop this madness. Please call your legislators TODAY!
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Court has Common Sense Ruling on Common Sense Health and Safety Regulations Regarding Abortion Inducing Drugs
The Following Statement is from Steve Rupp, MRL President:
Missouri Right to Life worked aggressively during the regular and special session to enact SB 5 to protect women and reduce the numbers of abortion. We are very pleased with the court’s decision that these common sense regulations will stay in effect and do not create an unconstitutional burden on women.
In the July 2017 Special Legislative Session the Missouri Legislature passed SB 5, which included in its language the requirement for a complication plan to be filed with the Department of Health and Senior Services before medication abortions can be performed in an abortion clinic. This is common sense health and safety legislation to ensure that a woman has a contact person that she can go to when there are complications from her abortion.
Late Monday, U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips denied Planned Parenthood’s motion of a preliminary injunction in its lawsuit against SB 5, (and particularly section 188.021) and regulations (19 CSR 30-30.050 through 19 CSR 30-30.070,) and particularly “19 CSR 30-30.061.”
Use of the abortion pill, RU 486 isn’t safe or easy. Heavy bleeding, nausea, vomiting, and painful uterine contractions are common features of a process TIME magazine calls “painful, messy, and protracted.”About 2% hemorrhage and more than 1 in a 100 require hospitalization. An Iowa woman took RU486 and lost nearly 3/4 of her blood and likely would have died without emergency surgery.
In Missouri, in 2016 (the most recent statistics available) 2,931 medical abortions were performed. On average, use of medical abortion in Missouri would have resulted in over 58 women suffering from hemorrhage and more than 29 women needing hospital admittance.
In addition, for 4-5% of women, the pills don’t work, making them return for surgical abortions. With statistics like these, it is easy to see why the Missouri legislature felt the need to protect Missouri women with the required complication reports.
For sources on these statistics go to: https://www.nrlc.org/abortion/ru486/
Abortion takes the life of a child and changes the woman’s life forever. The failure of abortion providers to be able to provide post-abortion care after such a serious 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 clinics.
We thank the legislators who voted to support the common sense health and safety requirements of SB 5 and for our pro-life Attorney General Josh Hawley and his staff who have defended these common sense health and safety requirements.
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)