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March for Life 2018

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

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Marching for 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)

Pro-Lifers Win in Court Again in Missouri

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.

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Missouri Right to Life is the leading, statewide, pro-life organization, representing hundreds of thousands of pro-life Missourians.

Planned Parenthood’s New Lawsuit Reveals Lack of Concern for Women

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!

Planned Parenthood sues over rules limiting abortion services in Columbia 

Planned Parenthood Files Second Lawsuit Challenging Portion Of New Missouri Abortion Law

Missouri Right to Life is the leading, statewide, pro-life organization, representing hundreds of thousands of pro-life Missourians.

Historic Pro-Life Legislation Takes Effect in Missouri

The following statement is from Steve Rupp, President of Missouri Right to Life:

Monday October 23rd, Judge S. Margene Burnett of the Circuit Court of Jackson County Missouri in Kansas City refused to block Senate Bill 5’s same-physician mandate. This mandate was challenged by Planned Parenthood and two abortionists. The same-physician mandate requires that the abortionist performing the abortion be the same person doing the medical consultation 72 hours prior to the abortion.

Senate Bill 5, in its entirety, goes into effect today.

SB 5 passed during Special Session called by Governor Eric Greitens in July and expands regulations on abortion in multiple statutes. These common sense health and safety regulations will protect women. They include that:

• Abortion facilities have emergency plans on file with the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) at all times
• Complication reports from abortion be filed with DHSS
• Annual, unannounced on-site inspection of abortion facilities be done by DHSS
• Abortion clinic personnel cannot interfere with 911 emergency calls needed for abortion complications
• The Attorney General has equal jurisdiction with local prosecutors on abortion cases
• Pregnancy resource centers and faith communities cannot be forced to participate in abortion
• Abortion clinic employees have whistleblower protection
• Baby body parts from abortion cannot be sold in Missouri

In addition to these protective regulations, Senate Bill 5 also expands the ability of the Department of Health and Senior Services to enact new regulations when the abortion industry is breaking the law and putting women at risk.

The sweeping pro-life election victories in November 2016 made the passage of SB 5 possible. We are very grateful to Governor Greitens, the Missouri House and Senate leadership, sponsors and members for the passage of this bill. We are also grateful that pro-life Attorney General Josh Hawley and his staff are fighting for common sense health and safety protection for women.

MRL worked closely with our statewide leaders to bring about the passage of Senate Bill 5.
Missouri Right to Life is the leading, statewide, pro-life organization, representing hundreds of thousands of pro-life Missourians.

Activist, Pro-abortion Court Opens Doors of Abortion Clinics in Missouri

The Following Statement is from Steve Rupp, MRL President:

Missouri Right to Life and pro-life Missourians across the State of Missouri are appalled at the recent ruling of the court that removed common sense health and safety laws. In addition, Planned Parenthood has now filed suit against one provision of recently passed Senate Bill 5. These actions open the doors for more abortion clinics and will result in more babies dying from abortions.

Pro-life Missourians resolve to fight judicial activism. When pro-abortion judges make rulings that put women and babies at risk, it is time for new judges. And, the appointment of pro-life, conservative judges is happening with the election of President Donald Trump and Governor Eric Greitens!

The pro-abortion agenda will not succeed in discouraging pro-life Missourians. We know a majority of 60 in the U.S. Senate will begin to destroy the power of Planned Parenthood’s friendly pro-abortion courts and stop the killing of innocent babies!

When the courts rule that abortion clinics don’t have to abide by safety regulations, that abortionists don’t have to have hospital privileges and that it is ok to rush someone into an abortion without giving them time to reflect, then the courts have become part of the abortion machine to push women into an abortion and kill an innocent baby in the womb.

These health and safety laws were initially put in place beginning in 2003 and have been expanded over the years, including protections found in SB 5. These laws have not harmed women, on the contrary, many lives have been saved because of these common sense laws.

We thank Attorney General Josh Hawley for vowing to fight these injustices and his work to protect women’s health and well-being. We also thank Governor Eric Greitens and pro-life Missouri House and Senate members who are fighting to protect women and innocent babies in the womb.

We look forward to October 24 when the common sense health and safety regulations of SB 5 will take effect. And, Missouri Right to Life will continue to fight judicial activism by working, through its political action committees, to elect more pro-life leaders to change the make-up of the liberal pro-abortion courts!

8th Circuit Court Ruling Puts Women’s Health and Safety at High Risk, Abortion Numbers Likely to Increase in Missouri

The Following Statement is from Steve Rupp, MRL President:

Missouri Right to Life and pro-life Missourians across the State of Missouri are very disappointed in the action of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, October 2.

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed their decision and issued a one-sentence order to leave the injunction in place on two common sense life-saving Missouri laws.  The 8th Circuit Court gave no reason for their new ruling. And, with a stroke of a pen they put a hold on two laws that protect women and save babies.

The actions of five judges on the 8th Circuit Court basically says that abortion facilities don’t have to abide by common sense medical safety practices and that the physicians who fly in from all over the U.S. or other countries do not have to have hospital privileges in our state.

These laws were enacted in 2005 because physicians were flying in from outside of the U.S. and then leaving town and were not available when medical emergencies arose after abortions.

In addition, the ambulatory surgical center law was necessary because of the multiple infractions found through inspections of the St. Louis Planned Parenthood.

Attorney General Josh Hawley issued a statement saying that he is “extremely disappointed” in the 8th Circuit Court’s order.  Hawley stated that “his office will continue to fight for common sense regulations that protect the health and well-being of Missouri Women.”

We thank Attorney General Josh Hawley for vowing to fight these injustices and his work to protect women’s health and well-being.  We also thank Governor Eric Greitens and pro-life Missouri House and Senate members who voted for the passage of SB 5 during the recent special session.  The regulations found in SB 5 are needed now more than ever with the 8th Circuit Court’s outrageous ruling.

Missouri Right to Life will continue to fight judicial activism by working to elect more pro-life leaders to change the make-up of the liberal pro-abortion courts!

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