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Missouri House Passes Women’s Protection Act

Missouri House Passes Women’s Protection Act
Requiring Annual Inspection of Abortion Facilities

The following statement can be attributed to Steve Rupp, president of Missouri Right to Life:

Missouri Right to Life (MRL) applauds the Missouri House of Representatives for approving an important common-sense measure to ensure the annual inspection of abortion facilities. HB 190, introduced by Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau), will ensure annual inspections for licensed abortion facilities, and it will not be optional for any Department of Health official, bureaucracy, or state executive to forego this much-needed requirement.

Speaking on behalf of the bill were several female representatives with professional medical credentials, including the sponsor. The measure was third read and finally passed by the House today by a vote of 119 to 35. An identical bill in the Senate, SB 33, introduced by Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) is awaiting a hearing.

PP-ambulanceReproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood St. Louis Region has had an inconsistent inspection history according to public records. In addition, complaints have been filed against the St. Louis abortion facility based on multiple documented reports of the presence of emergency medical personnel and ambulances. The ambulance visits have numbered over two dozen in just 5 years.

Missouri Right to Life, with the assistance of committed legislators like Rep. Swan and Senator Wallingford, have advocated for this necessary legislation due to the lack of oversight by the Department of Health and troubling inspection history at the St. Louis abortion facility.

This bill is one of MRL’s legislative priorities. MRL thanks all those who worked to pass this important legislation. We call upon the Senate to take up and pass HB 190 or SB 33.

Missouri Right to Life is the state’s largest and most experienced grassroots Pro-Life organization. MRL works through education, legislation and political action to promote the Sanctity of Life for all, from conception to natural death.

Legislative Report: 2/13/15

This Week:

capitolThe House Children and Families Committee and the House Select Committee on Social Services Voted Do Pass – HB 190:
Sponsor: Kathy Swan – Changes the laws regarding protection of women’s health care, Abortion Clinic Inspections (Support) – February 12, 2015 – Voted Do Pass out of House Children and Families Committee and the Select Committee on Social Services
Bill: http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills151/billpdf/intro/HB0190I.PDF
Testimony in Support of HB 190: http://missourilife.org/legislation/2015/hb190.html

Ban on Dismemberment Abortions Filed in Missouri House – HB 920:
Sponsor: Tila Hubrecht – Establishes the Unborn Child Protection Act from Dismemberment Abortion (Support) – February 12, 2015 – Read Second Time
Bill: http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills151/billpdf/intro/HB0920I.PDF

Alternative-to-Abortion Funds Restored in HB 5:
Governor’s Budget Proposal did not have funding for Alternatives-to-Abortion Agencies.
House Appropriations – General Administration Committee voted to put $1,500,000 into the budget for Alternatives-to-Abortion Agencies. HB 5 still has to go through the complete legislative process.

Please be aware on which committees your legislators serve.
See your Senate Committee Members here.
See your House Committee Members here.

Click here for the full update with information on other bills we’re keeping an eye on.

Legislative Report: 2/6/15

capitolLast week the House Children and Families Committee heard two pro-life bills:

HB 190 – Sponsor:  Kathy Swan – Changes the laws regarding the protection of women’s health care – NOTE: Executive Session will be held next week on February 10, 2015 (2:00 p.m. – HR 5) – In House Children and Families Committee
Bill: http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills151/billpdf/intro/HB0190I.PDF
Summary: http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills151/sumpdf/HB0190I.pdf
Testimony in Support of HB 190: http://missourilife.org/legislation/2015/hb190.html

HB 427 – Sponsor:  Kathy Swan – Changes the laws regarding the protection of women’s health care and Designates the priority for the state with respect to any funding for family planning services – February 3, 2015 – Public Hearing Continued in House Children and Families Committee
Bill: http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills151/billpdf/intro/HB0427I.PDF
Summary:  http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills151/sumpdf/HB0427I.pdf
Testimony in Support of HB 427: http://missourilife.org/legislation/2015/hb427.html

Last week the House Children and Families Committee voted do pass HB 124:

HB 124 – Sponsor:  Linda Black – Requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to create a video that contains all of the information that must be provided to a woman considering an abortion – February 3, 2015 – Reported Do Pass in House Children and Families Committee and Referred to the House Select Committee on Social Services
Bill: http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills151/billpdf/intro/HB0124I.PDF
Summary: http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills151/sumpdf/HB0124I.pdf
Testimony in Support of HB 124: http://missourilife.org/legislation/2015/hb124.html

Please be aware on which committees your legislators serve.
See your Senate Committee Members here.
See your House Committee Members here.

Click here for the full update with information on other bills we’re keeping an eye on.

Legislative Update: 1/30/15

The House and Senate have begun hearings and debate on the floor.
At this time there have been 771 bills and 76 various resolutions filed in the House, and 359 bills and 28 various resolutions filed in the Senate.

Your Missouri Right to Life Legislative Team is actively reviewing and acting on all bills dealing with life issues.  This report gives you an update on relevant bills each week.

This week the House Children and Families Committee heard three pro-life bills:

HB 81 – Sponsor: Sonya Anderson – Changes the laws regarding consent for a minor to have an abortion – Hearing Continued
Bill: http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills151/billpdf/intro/HB0081I.PDF
Summary: http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills151/sumpdf/HB0081I.pdf
Testimony in Support of HB 81: http://missourilife.org/legislation/2015/hb81.html

HB 99 – Sponsor: Rocky Miller – Changes the laws regarding consent for a minor to have an abortion and places in statute protections for alternatives-to-abortion agencies – Hearing Continued
Bill: http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills151/billpdf/intro/HB0099I.PDF
Summary:  http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills151/sumpdf/HB0099I.pdf
Testimony in Support of HB 99: http://missourilife.org/legislation/2015/hb99.html

HB 124 – Sponsor: Linda Black – Requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to create a video that contains all of the information that must be provided to a woman considering an abortion – February 3, 2015 – Executive Session Scheduled
Bill: http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills151/billpdf/intro/HB0124I.PDF
Summary: http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills151/sumpdf/HB0124I.pdf
Testimony in Support of HB 124: http://missourilife.org/legislation/2015/hb124.html

Next week the House Children and Families Committee will hear the following two pro-life bills and take executive action on HB 124:

HB 190 – Sponsor:  Kathy Swan – Changes the laws regarding the protection of women’s health care (Support) – February 3, 2015 – Hearing Scheduled in  Children and Families Committee.

HB 427 – Sponsor:  Kathy Swan – Designates the priority for the state with respect to any funding for family planning services (Support) – February 3, 2015 – Hearing Scheduled in Children and Families Committee.

Please be aware on which committees your legislators serve.
See your Senate Committee Members here: http://www.senate.mo.gov/15info/com-standing.htm
See your House Committee Members here: http://www.house.mo.gov/CommitteeList.aspx

Click here for the full update with information on other bills we’re keeping an eye on.

Legislative Update: 1/23/15

The House and Senate have spent the first weeks of the 98th Missouri General Assembly getting rules of operation in place and committees set up. The make-up of these committees is important because the Committee Chairmen and Committee Members will determine the language in each bill that will be sent to the floor for debate. Please be aware on which committees your legislators serve.
See your Senate Committee Members here:
See your House Committee Members here:
At this time there have been 665 bills and 65 various resolutions filed in the House and 299 bills and 25 various resolutions filed in the Senate.
Click here for the full update with information on all the bills we’re keeping an eye on.

Legislative Update: 1/16/15

capitolThe House and Senate have spent the first weeks of the 98th Missouri General Assembly getting rules of operation in place and committees set up. The make-up of these committees is important because the Committee Chairmen and Committee Members will determine the language in each bill that will be sent to the floor for debate.  Please be aware on which committees your legislators serve.

See your Senate Committee Members here:
See your House Committee Members here:

http://www.house.mo.gov/CommitteeList.aspx

At this time there have been 555 bills and 58 various resolutions filed in the House, and 265 bills and 20 various resolutions filed in the Senate.
Click here for the latest legislative report.

Legislative Update 1/9/14

capitolThe First Regular Session of the 98th Missouri General Assembly kicked off in full swing at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, January 7, 2015.

At this time there have been 459 bills and 42 various resolutions filed in the House and 213 bills and 13 various resolutions filed in the Senate.

Your Missouri Right to Life Legislative Team is reviewing all bills and will be reporting weekly in the lifelines during the legislative session. We will update you on bills that have either a positive or negative impact on our ability to protect innocent human lives at every stage of life and development.

Please read these updates. Your knowledge on these important life issues is important for when you speak with your legislators. Your involvement with your legislator is important! When we put out a legislative alert for phone calls, e-mails and letters to legislators you need to be ready. Your involvement is important to the passage of good solid pro-life legislation.

Click here for the full report.

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