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At the end of the day Thursday, March 19, legislators left for their annual Spring Break. When they return on Monday, March 30th there will be seven weeks of session left. During those seven weeks there is an Easter Break and the budget must be truly agreed and passed by May 8th.
Please pray for your legislators and Missouri Right to Life in these last weeks. After Spring Break, we will put out a request for phone calls at strategic times.
Highlights Last Week:
March 19, 2015 – SB 466 was heard in the Senate Veterans’ Affairs and Health Committee. It was not voted out of committee but is expected to be voted out upon the legislators return from Spring Break. It is also expected that SB 422 sponsored by Sen. Rob Schaaf and SB 466 sponsored by Sen. Eric Schmitt, will be combined into one bill.
SB 466 – Simons Law: Requires disclosure of life-sustaining treatment policies of health care facilities, involvement of parents in health care decisions and prohibits denial of life-sustaining treatment or anatomical gifts under specified circumstances.
Testimony in Support of SB 466: http://missourilife.org/legislation/2015/sb466.html
March 18, 2015 – HCS SS#2 SCS SB 24 – Was Perfected and Third Read in the House, sent back to the Senate, Senate refused to accept the House version, Senate has requested a conference with the House to work out the differences in the two versions.
March 27 — Senate requests to recede or grant conference calendar — SS#2 for SCS for SB 24-Sater, with HCS, as amended (Senate requests House recede or grant conference)
With the inclusion of an increase for the Alternatives to Abortion Program Missouri Right to Life went on record in support of HCS SS#2 SCS SB 24. This bill as a whole modifies provisions of law relating to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Your Missouri Right to Life Legislative Team continues to review and act on all bills dealing with life issues. Click here for the full update and information on other bills we are keeping an eye on.
Last week the House worked to pass the Budget to the Senate.
Pro-life Highlights of the Budget are in HB 5 and HB 7.
In HB 5 the House funded the Alternatives to Abortion Program as follow:
From General Revenue Fund. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,033,561
From Federal Funds… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50,000
For the alternative to abortion public awareness program:
From General Revenue Fund . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75,000
Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,158,561
In HB 7, Dept. of Economic Development Appropriations. The House placed the pro-life language on one portion of the bill that prevents public tax dollars from being used for abortion services, human cloning or human embryonic stem cell research for projects chosen by the Missouri Technology Corporation for these specific appropriations.
All Budget Bills now move to the Senate for Consideration.
The Budget must be truly agreed and finally passed by 6:00 p.m. on May 8, 2015.
Click here for the full update and information on other bills we are keeping an eye on.
National Right to Life President, Carol Tobias, writes:
The beautiful Missouri state capitol building sits on the banks of the Missouri River in Jefferson City. On Tuesday, hundreds of pro-lifers from the Show Me state gathered at the capitol for the “Show Me Life” Pro-life Action Day.
At this annual event organized by Missouri Right to Life (MRL), pro-lifers from around the state, many in red shirts, many arriving on buses, come to lobby in support of legislation to protect unborn children, the elderly, and the medically vulnerable.
At the rally, I reminded those gathered that Missouri has a long history of challenging Roe v Wade. It was a Missouri law that was upheld by the Supreme Court in 1989, Webster v Reproductive Health Services, that sent shock waves through the abortion movement. News articles were written that the nation’s abortion law had been weakened; Roe v Wade should no longer be considered “settled law.”
Click here for full text of Tobias’ rally speech or watch the video below.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Capitol for another successful pro-life lobby day!
Below is a press statement from Coalition for Life regarding a suspected botched abortion that occurred at the Planned Parenthood of the Greater St. Louis Region on Saturday March 7th, 2015.
This incident illustrates why we need annual abortion clinic inspections! Please contact your Senators and encourage them to take up and pass HB 190 or SB 33, the “Women’s Protection Act” requiring annual inspection of abortion facilities.
“BREAKING: Woman Severely Hurt at Planned Parenthood Abortion Facility
Coalition for Life Statement
On Saturday March 7th, at approximately 2:20 PM, Kenneth Capps, a Coalition for Life volunteer, witnessed the arrival of a fire truck and Emergency Response Team to Planned Parenthood of the Greater St. Louis Region on Forest Park Ave.
This was followed by an ambulance which arrived at the clinic at 2:35 PM. At 2:45 PM, the emergency responders came out of the main entrance, carrying a woman on a stretcher. Eye-witness, Kenneth Capps, commented of her appearance:
“The woman had blonde hair, appeared to be about in her thirties, was extremely pale and could be heard audibly wailing.”
We highly suspect that the emergency lengths taken in this situation and as witnessed by Kenneth were the result of a botched abortion.
On Monday March 9th, our staff attempted to reach Planned Parenthood regarding this incident; however, no one was available for comment.
Click here for a PDF Version of this report.
Despite Planned Parenthood’s very vocal and public assertion that “in-clinic abortion procedures are very safe”, we continue to witness and receive reports of ambulance sightings at the clinic off of Forest Park Ave.
The above sighting is the latest of the 28 that have been recorded since 2009.
Please click here to view a full gallery of photos from this incident.”
Abortion Clinic Inspection Bill Passed the House – Now Moves to the Senate
HB 190 – Sponsor: Kathy Swan – Changes the laws regarding the protection of women’s health care, Abortion Clinic Inspections (Support)
Press Release – February 25, 2015: http://missourilife.org/news/2015/2015-02-25.html
House Third Read and Pass Roll Call Vote on HB 190: www.missourilife.org/assets/028.003.pdf
Bills Heard in Committee Last Week:
SB 259 – Sponsor: Wayne Wallingford – Designates the priority for the state with respect to any funding for family planning services – February 24, 2015 – Public Hearing Held in Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee
SB 302 – Sponsor: Jeanie Riddle – Requires referrals for out of state abortions to be accompanied by specified printed materials – February 24, 2015 – Public Hearing Held in Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee
Testimony in Support of SB 302: http://missourilife.org/legislation/2015/sb302.html
HB 113 – Sponsor: Bill E. Kidd – Establishes “Simon’s Law”, which changes the laws regarding life-sustaining or non-beneficial treatment policies of health care facilities (Support) – February 25, 2015 – Public Hearing Held in House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee.
Testimony in Support of HB 113: http://missourilife.org/legislation/2015/hb113.html
SB 422 – Sponsor: Rob Schaaf – Establishes “Simon’s Law”, which changes the laws regarding life-sustaining or non-beneficial treatment policies of health care facilities (Support) – February 26, 2015 – Public Hearing Held in Senate Veterans’ Affairs and Health Committee
Testimony in Support of SB 422: http://missourilife.org/legislation/2015/sb422.html
Click here for the full update with information on other bills we’re keeping an eye on.
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.
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.
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.
The 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
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
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.
Click here for the full update with information on other bills we’re keeping an eye on.