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MO House and Senate Take Action on Pro-Life Bills

Missouri Right to Life
Press Release

For Immediate Release
April 14, 2016

For Information:
Statewide:  573-635-5110

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

Today the Missouri House third read and passed HB 2069 & 2371 by a vote of 120 in support to 34 opposed. HB 2069 & 2371 will place in statute accountability for abortion clinics in their disposition and tracking of the bodies of babies killed through abortion. This bill also increases information and reporting requirements in future inspections of abortion clinics.

While those who support abortion have made their attacks on the producer of the videos that were released last summer by the Center for Medical Progress, they fail to acknowledge the fact that the prosecutor harassing this pro-life producer has strong ties to the abortion industry and specifically to Planned Parenthood. These videos have been proven to be substantially unedited or dubbed. These videos give clear examples that fetal tissue is being sold for high profit by personnel from Planned Parenthood and that the abortion clinic in St. Louis was a possible market to tap into.

Investigations by the Missouri House and Senate have determined that the State Department of Health, under the administration of pro-abortion Governor Jay Nixon, has no idea how baby body parts were being disposed of or if state law regulating pathology testing were being carried out.

HB 2069 & 2371 was written and passed by the House today in response to the lack of oversight from the Missouri Department of Health over Planned Parenthood and the Pathology lab they used at that time. HB 2069 & 2371 now moves to the Senate for debate and passage.

Also today, the Missouri Senate gave final approval on resolutions SR 1793 & SR 1794, addressing subpoenas issued to Planned Parenthood and the Pathology Lab Director to appear before the Missouri Senate on Monday, April 25. These subpoenas were issued because the Senate had requested information from Planned Parenthood and the Pathology lab that has, to date, not been received.

Missouri Right to Life thanks all the House members who voted for HB 2069 & 2371 and have been working to support this effort. We also thank the Senate for seeking more information from Planned Parenthood.

We call upon the Missouri Senate to take up and pass HB 2069 & 2371 to give the weight of law to accountability for final disposition of aborted baby body parts. We ask the Senate to send HB 2069 & 2371 to the desk of Governor Nixon.

Action Alert: Emails and Calls Needed!

The Senate Leadership needs to hear from you now!

Senator Ron Richard, President Pro-Tem of the Senate: (573) 751-2173 or email
Senator Mike Kehoe, Senate Majority Floor Leader: (573) 751-2076 or email
Senator Bob Onder, Assistant Majority Floor Leader: (573) 751-1282 or email

Please email and/or call each Senator and:

1.  Thank the Senate for their work investigating Planned Parenthood and the Pathology Lab.

2.  Ask the senate to pass the resolutions to affirm the right of the senate to seek information regarding the disposal of baby body parts: SR 1793 and SR 1794.

3.  And most importantly make it clear that pro-lifers want legislation for annual abortion clinic inspections and accountability to ensure that baby body parts from abortions are not being sold for research: SB 644 and/or HB2069 & 2371.

Thank you!  We need the support and action of the super majority Republicans!

Missouri House Sends to the Senate “Two Custodial Parent Notification Bill” Prior to a Minor Having an Abortion

The House gave final approval last week, with bi-partisan support, to send HB 1370 to the Senate. HB 1370 would require both custodial parents of a minor to be informed prior to a minor getting an abortion. Current law requires the consent of one parent prior to an abortion on a minor.  HB 1370 would expand on this law.

HB 1370 is sponsored by Rep. Rocky Miller, R-Lake Ozark. Miller said the real reason he sponsored this bill is because of the situation he found himself in with his daughter. He told the House that his ex-wife had informed him when his teenage daughter was considering getting an abortion, and this gave him a chance to be a part of this decision. In the end, Miller said his daughter did not get the abortion, and he and his wife raised the child as their own.

“I don’t want to stop anything, I want to start something,” Miller said. “I want to start a conversation among caring parents, and that’s what this bill will do.”

Susan Klein, Legislative Liaison for Missouri Right to Life stated, “Parents have a protectable interest in the life, health and well-being of their child. Abortion has multiple risks and all parents should be informed of an impending abortion on their child. In today’s times when young people, still under age and on their parents’ insurance, are pulled many different directions by family issues, parental notification is essential to all parents in the protection of their child’s health.”

Missouri Right to Life supports HB 1370 and encourages the Senate to take up and pass this common sense legislation.

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

Senator Blunt, Others Sign Amicus Brief in Pro-Life Case at U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt on Wednesday, March 2.

Senator Blunt was one of 34 senators that signed on to an amicus brief urging the Court to uphold the Texas abortion clinic law in question, H.B. 2.
The brief argued that courts should give deference to legislatures when making decisions about the best interests of health and safety of patients.

MO Representatives Vicky Hartzler, Sam Graves, Billy Long, Blaine Luetkemeyer and Ann Wagner also signed the brief.

Texas’s H.B. 2 – like Missouri’s current law – requires a physician performing an abortion to have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of the location where the abortion is performed and requires abortion clinics to comply with the State’s standards for ambulatory (i.e., outpatient) surgical centers.

You can read a copy of the amicus brief here.

Action Alert: Pro-Life Protections Needed!

Call your Representative ASAP and ask them to put pro-life protections requested by MRL on: HB 2302 and HB 2321. Find your House Member Phone Number here: http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx

The Missouri House Economic Development and Business Attraction and Retention Committee Passed Two Bills That Endanger the lives of the unborn and early stage development of human beings.

These bills are opposed by MRL with no pro-life protections: HB 2302 and HB 2321, Sponsored by Rep. Caleb Rowden

Read MRL testimony opposing HB 2302 & HB 2321 and asking for pro-life protections:
HB 2302:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/hb2302.html
HB 2321:  http://missourilife.org/legislation/2016/hb2321.html

Economic Development Committee Members Voting To Move HB 2302 and HB 2321 Forward with NO Pro-Life Protections:
Rep. Caleb Rowden – Yes
Rep. Kevin Corlew – Yes
Rep. Michelle Kratky – Yes
Rep. Kevin Austin – Yes
Rep. Nathan Beard – Absent
Rep. Michael Butler – Yes
Rep. Shamed Dogan – Yes
Rep. Randy Dunn – Yes
Rep. Jim Hansen – Yes
Rep. Delus Johnson – Absent
Rep. Donna Lichtenegger – Yes
Rep. Donna Pfautsch – Yes
Rep. John Rizzo – Yes

The following memo was distributed to the next committee these bills will go to — the House Select Committee on Commerce, asking for pro-life protections:

List of House Select Committee on Commerce Committee Members who Have the Opportunity to Place Pro-Life Protections on HB 2302 and HB 2321: http://www.house.mo.gov/CommitteeIndividual.aspx?com=01358&year=2016&code=R

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.


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