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Legislation Saves Lives!

legislation-savesThe Missouri Department of  Health and Senior Services’ annual vital statistics report shows that abortions decreased by 7% in 2014.

That year, 8,129 Missouri resident pregnancies were aborted compared with 8,740 in 2013.

The 2014 number represents a 32% decrease from 2004, and a remarkable decrease of 62% since Missouri’s highest resident abortions in 1980 of 21,671.

This downward trend has been going on almost steadily thanks to years of hard work from pro-life activists like you pushing for legislation like alternatives to abortion funding, informed consent and more!

Please help us continue this trend by joining us tomorrow to lobby our legislators for more regulation of abortion facilities, a ban on dismemberment of abortions and defunding of Planned Parenthood from receiving our federal tax dollars. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. in the Missouri State Capitol 1st floor rotunda.

Contact the Missouri Right to Life State Office, 573.635.5110, or visit www.missourilife.org for transportation and additional information regarding Pro-Life Action Days, including speaker info.
We hope to see you all there. Don’t forget to wear RED for LIFE!

Legislative Update: January 22, 2016

2016 Priority Legislation: Public hearings have been held on the following bills in the House and Senate

SB 644 – Sponsor: Bob Onder – Modifies provisions related to abortion.  Includes pro-life language for donation of fetal tissue, tissue reporting, physician privileges, ambulatory surgical center reporting and abortion facility inspections (Support) January 12, 2016 – Public Hearing Held in Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee: http://www.senate.mo.gov/16info/pdf-bill/intro/SB644.pdf
Testimony in Support of SB 644: http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/sb644.html

HB 1370 – Sponsor: Rocky Miller – Changes the laws regarding notification prior to a minor obtaining an abortion (Support) January 19, 2016 – Public Hearing Held in House Children and Families Committee: http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HB1370I.PDF
Testimony in Support of HB 1370: http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/hb1370.html

At this time there have been 396 bills and 42 various resolutions filed in the Senate. And, there have been 1008 bills and 74 various resolutions filed in the House.

Click here for the full update and information on all the bills we are keeping an eye on.

Legislative Update: 12/18/15

Pre-Filing of Legislation for 2016 Legislative Session

2016 Priority Legislation:
1. Expanding Abortion Clinic Inspections, Accountability for Disposal of Baby Body Parts, Ensure no selling or buying of baby body parts is happening in Missouri from in state abortion clinics or out of state clinics, Accountability for licensing of abortionists and abortion facilities as well as oversight of connections between abortion facilities and public institutions.

2. Ban Dismemberment Abortions.

3. Defund Planned Parenthood.

SB 644 – Sponsor: Bob Onder – Modifies provisions related to abortion. Includes pro-life language for donation of fetal tissue, tissue reporting, physician privileges, ambulatory surgical center reporting and abortion facility inspections (Support)

HB Number Coming Soon – Sponsor: Kathryn Swan – Modifies provisions related to abortion. Includes pro-life language for donation of fetal tissue, tissue reporting, physician privileges, ambulatory surgical center reporting and abortion facility inspections (Support)

Click here for the full update and information on all the bills we are keeping an eye on.

Legislative Alert: Key Pro-Life Bills In Congress!

hr36-redux3In the next five days the U.S. House and Senate to vote on three major pro-life bills backed by Missouri Right to Life and the National Right to Life Committee!

HR 3504 — House will vote on Friday, September 18, on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 3504), sponsored by Congressman Trent Franks (R-Az.).

HR 3134 —  The House will also vote on Friday, September 18, on theDefund Planned Parenthood Act (H.R. 3134), sponsored by Congresswoman Diane Black (R-Tn.).

HR 36 — On Tuesday, September 22, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will force a U.S. Senate vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36).

Click here for more information on each of these bills.

MRL Calls on Legislators to Pass Impactful Legislation in 2016 Legislative Session

Missouri Department of Health  – University of Missouri
Planned Parenthood, Abortionist Colleen McNicholas
and Pathology Services, Inc.:

Ongoing investigations by the Missouri Senate and House Committees continue to bring to light the sinister workings of the above groups, as they bend and break Missouri laws to allow Planned Parenthood in Columbia and St. Louis to profit from killing babies and selling their precious baby body parts.

We thank the Senate and House Committee members who are seeking answers on the “selling and buying of baby body parts for research” and the licensure of the Columbia Planned Parenthood.

Governor Nixon and Attorney General Koster have the power to stop the illegal maneuvering by the Department of Health, the University of Missouri, Columbia, Planned Parenthood, Abortionist Colleen McNicholas and Pathology Services, Inc. To date, however, Nixon and Koster sit silent while an illegal license is issued to Planned Parenthood in Columbia, the University of Missouri enables the issuance of this license and baby body parts in St. Louis are unaccounted for and likely sold to unknown research institutes either in Missouri or out of state.

For years Missouri citizens have been electing pro-life legislators such that we now have a super majority in the Senate and the House. These pro-life majorities have made it clear as they have passed legislation that it is the intent of Missouri laws to protect women, their babies and their families. Missourians are appalled by the ability of those listed above to break Missouri laws with impunity and without consequence.

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest provider of abortions. At least one-third of all abortions in the U.S. are performed at Planned Parenthood-affiliated facilities. According to their most recent annual report, Planned Parenthood receives at least $528 million annually from the federal government or other levels of government, all while violating the intent, if not the letter, of both Federal and State laws prohibiting the sale of fetal remains.

Missouri has federally qualified public health centers, rural state health departments and other facilities that offer complete healthy women exams, but do not offer abortions. Missouri legislators should prioritize all of our tax dollars from all sources to fund these other health centers before funding Planned Parenthood, and they should pass it with an emergency clause to insure quick protection for women and their babies.

Missouri Right to Life also calls on lawmakers in the 2016 legislative session to pass legislation, with an emergency clause, requiring on-site abortion clinic inspections at least annually.

That legislation should include the accounting for every aborted baby body part and the disposition of these little baby bodies. It should also ensure that the University of Missouri does not use our tax dollars for abortion services of any kind, human cloning, embryonic stem cell research or research on aborted babies. We also ask the legislature to clearly define “clinical privileges” required for abortionists so clear and elementary that even the Department of Health can understand the law.

MO Senate Fails to Pass Women’s Protection Act Requiring Annual Inspection of Abortion Facilities

Missouri Right to Life Press Release
For Immediate Release
May 15, 2015

For Information:
Statewide: 573-635-5110
St. Louis:   314-397-0847

Missouri Senate Fails to Pass 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) is profoundly disappointed that the Missouri Senate has failed to approve an important public safety measure to ensure the annual inspection of abortion facilities. HB 190, introduced by Rep. Kathy Swan (R-Cape Girardeau), would have ensured annual inspections for licensed abortion facilities. It would have ensured that an inspection would not be “optional” for any Department of Health official, bureaucracy, or state executive to forego this much-needed requirement.

The measure was third read and finally passed by the House with a vote of 119-35 on February 25 and sent to the Senate. An identical bill, SB 33, introduced by Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) was never acted on by the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, Senator Dixon, Chairman, since being assigned on January 15, 2015.

In the final week of the legislative session, on Tuesday, all efforts to pass legislation in the Senate stalled due to the procedural move to call for the previous question on right to work. While we know that other issues are important to Missourians, there was no need to call for the PQ on Tuesday when there were other extremely important issues still on the calendar needing passage by the Republican majority. The PQ could have been called on Friday.

Reproductive 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. One such ambulance visit was as recent as this past February.

Missouri Right to Life and pro-life groups around the state 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. The horrendous crimes that have been committed in other abortion facilities across this nation, especially the Gosnell clinic in Pennsylvania and the Karpen clinic in Texas have brought the need for this type of legislation to a critical level. And now we wait for another entire year before women can expect a level of safety that should be guaranteed to them by the State.

While we are grateful that the General Assembly passed increased funding for our Alternatives to Abortion Program and pro-life protections on the Economic Development Budget Bill, we are profoundly disappointed that a purported “pro-life legislature” did not pass a bill addressing the dangers of abortion.

At last report from the Department of Health, there were 9,027 abortions in 2012. The taking of lives of innocent human babies and the women who are at risk are still ongoing “emergency situations” that should have been addressed by the Missouri Senate on multiple bills this year.

We look forward to working with the Missouri legislators to pass pro-life legislation in the 2016 legislative session.

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.

U.S. House Passes Landmark Bill to Protect Pain-Capable Unborn Children and Live-Born Abortion Survivors

Missouri Right to Life is grateful to our Missouri pro-life delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives for their support of HR 36, which will protect babies 20 weeks and older from the horrific experience of abortion.

The following press release is from National Right to Life:

WASHINGTON – With the support of a vast majority of House Republicans, and due to the pro-life dedication of the House Republican leadership, the U.S House of Representatives today passed landmark legislation, 242-184, to extend federal protections to unborn children who have reached 20 weeks fetal age, and those who are born alive during late abortions.

The bill was developed from model legislation developed by National Right to Life in 2010, enacted thus far in 11 states.

“This bill would save thousands of unborn babies annually from terribly painful deaths,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “It is now clear that the overwhelming majority of House Democrats believe that painfully dismembering babies, in the sixth month and later, is just fine – now let them try to explain that to their constituents.”

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act has been the right-to-life movement’s top congressional priority for the 114th Congress. Like the state bills, the proposed federal law would generally extend legal protect to unborn humans beginning at 20 weeks fetal age, based on congressional findings that by that point (and even earlier) the unborn child has the capacity to experience great pain during an abortion.

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