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MO Senate Passes Strongest Pro-Life Legislation in Recent Years

The Following Statement is from Steve Rupp, MRL President:

Today the Missouri Senate took up and passed HCS SB 5 which not only expands regulations on abortion in multiple statutes, but also improves the tracking of baby body parts from abortion to prevent the buying and selling of these precious babies for research.

In addition, HCS SB 5 expands the powers of the Attorney General and protects our Pregnancy Resource Centers and faith communities in St. Louis and across the State of Missouri from being forced to participate in abortion.

After the sweeping pro-life election victories in November 2016, those who support abortion on demand at any stage of development used a pro-abortion judge and a few pro-abortion St. Louis Aldermen to attempt to take away common sense regulations on abortion and attack our religious communities.

Once enacted, HCS SB 5 will provide protections of religious liberty for individuals and religious communities as well as enact common sense regulations on abortion.

HCS SB 5 also ensures needed accountability from the abortion industry. Multiple violations were found during the 2015 State Senate, State House and U.S. Congressional investigations of Planned Parenthood, and now with the passage of this legislation, these situations will be rectified.

We are very grateful to the Missouri House and Senate leadership, sponsors and members for the passage of this critical pro-life bill. HCS SB 5 passed by a vote of 22-9. We are especially grateful to Governor Greitens for calling this special session and for his support of this strong pro-life legislation. We look forward to his signing the bill soon.

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

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HCS SB 5 Must Pass!

Time is of the essence as the Senate draws near to taking action on HCS SB 5. The vote is expected to take place Tuesday, July 25!

HCS SB 5 is one of the strongest pro-life bills to be considered by the legislature for many years! It includes:
  • Complication reports from abortions showing where women are harmed by the abortionist
  • Requirement that abortion clinic personnel not interfere with a 911 emergency call to the abortion clinic when a botched abortion or medical emergency has put a woman’s life in jeopardy
  • Annual on-site unannounced abortion clinic inspections to make sure abortion clinics are following the law
  • Accounting of “all” baby body parts from abortions to make sure that abortion clinics are not selling baby body parts for profit.
  • Whistleblower protection for employees of abortion clinics who see law after law being broken inside these abortion clinics and want to report it but are afraid of the repercussions by the abortionists
  • Ensuring that our top law enforcement officer, the Attorney General, has equal jurisdiction with a local prosecutor. This is needed when local prosecutor is pro-abortion and refuses to uphold the laws when an abortion clinic or abortionist breaks the law.
  • Protection for pregnancy resource centers and faith communities not to be forced to participate in abortion
  • Placing the term “Abortion Facilities” in the statute with ambulatory surgical centers so that the Department of Health has oversight of health and safety regulations in these abortion clinics

If the Senate does not pass the bill and instead asks to go to conference, the only thing that will come from conference is to strip life-saving legislation out of the bill.

Missouri Right to Life opposes removal or watering down the language of any of the life saving provisions in HCS SB 5.

Please call your Senator today – again. Ask them to take up and pass the HCS SB 5 on July 25 – and not to go to conference.
HCS SB 5 must pass in its current form!
Pray for our pro-life Senators as they come to Jefferson City next week to pass the HCS SB 5 to protect women, save babies, protect our Alternative to Abortion agencies and our faith communities.

Action Alert – Urge Passage of HCS SB 5!

On June 15 the Missouri House improved and passed Senate Bill 5. The House Committee Substitute for Senate Substitute for Senate Bill 5 not only expands regulations on abortion in multiple statutes, it also improves the tracking of baby body parts from abortion to help prevent the selling and buying of these precious babies for research.

In addition, the House bill language expands the powers of the Attorney General and protects our Pregnancy Resource Centers and faith communities in St. Louis and across the State of Missouri from being forced to participate in abortion.

Please call your state senator today and ask them to pass HCS SB 5.
This bill is one of the strongest bills to be considered by the legislature for many years!

Missouri House Improves Pro-Life Legislation Passed by Senate

The Following Statement is from Steve Rupp, MRL President:

On Tuesday in Special Session, the Missouri House improved and passed Senate Bill 5. The House Committee Substitute for Senate Substitute for Senate Bill 5 not only expands regulations on abortion in multiple statutes, it also improves the tracking of baby body parts from abortion to help prevent the selling and buying of these precious babies for research.

In addition, the House bill language expands the powers of the Attorney General and protects our Pregnancy Resource Centers and faith communities in St. Louis and across the State of Missouri from being forced to participate in abortion.

We are very grateful to the Missouri House leadership, sponsors and members for the passage of this much-improved pro-life bill.

The Pro-life citizens of Missouri encourage the Missouri Senate to be strong in their pro-life convictions and pass HCS SS SB 5.

Missouri Right to Life is the leading pro-life advocacy organization statewide, representing hundreds of thousands of pro-life Missourians. Solid legislation ensuring the right to life is crucial and we look to the Republican controlled super-majorities in the House and Senate to work to save these little innocent human lives and protect women.

Missouri Senate Passes Pro-Life Legislation

The Following Statement is from Steve Rupp, MRL President:

In the early morning minutes of June 15th, the Missouri Senate convened to pass a pro-life legislation package that expands some areas of pro-life laws. While the bill does not go as far as the Republican controlled super majority could have taken it, the bill does advance regulation on abortion in multiple statutes as well as protecting our Pregnancy Resource Centers and faith communities in St. Louis and across the State of Missouri from being forced to participate in abortion.

Other areas of major concern to women’s health were discussed but scaled back or not covered in this bill. A few concerns are: being able to match complete tissue samples from abortions to be able to diagnose dangerous medical conditions or to find out if all baby body parts have been removed and accounted for. This language would have ensured that marketing of baby body parts from abortion is not being done in Missouri. Information on this critical issue was brought out in the investigations of Planned Parenthood by the House and Senate Sanctity of Life Committees.

Another area of concern in the Senate bill relates to whistleblower protection. Frequently, employees of abortion facilities and research labs witness unsafe and/or unethical practices. If they choose to report this information to the proper authorities, they must be protected from retribution by the abortionist or facility owner. While the Senate version protects the abortionist performing or inducing the abortion and the research companies, the employees of abortion facilities or research labs are not protected in this bill.

We encourage the Missouri House to be strong in their pro-life convictions as they review Senate Bill 5 and address these and other areas of concern!

Missouri Right to Life is the leading pro-life advocacy organization statewide, representing hundreds of thousands of pro-life Missourians. Solid legislation ensuring the right to life is crucial and we look to the Republican controlled super-majorities in the House and Senate to work to save these little innocent human lives and protect women.

Urgent Call to Action for Pro-Life Special Session!

Governor Eric Greitens has called a special session for the legislature to return to Jefferson City to pass pro-life legislation.

The State Senate will take up the legislation first, then the bill(s) will move to the House.

Our pro-Life legislators need to see that you support them and support passage of pro-life legislation to protect women with comment sense health regulations, save unborn babies and protect our religious liberties so people of faith are not forced to participate in abortion.

With this in mind, we need you to come to the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City on Wednesday, June 14 at 2:30 in the afternoon to Rally for Life!!

Planned Parenthood, NARAL and other pro-abortion groups will also have a rally on Wednesday to lobby AGAINST passage of a pro-life bill.

So it is even more important for pro-lifers to come to Jefferson City to protect women, unborn babies and our religious liberties.

We CANNOT let a pro-abortion rally stop this life-saving legislation!

We know this is short notice but saving  innocent lives and protecting our religious liberties are worth your sacrifice.

Also, call The following Senators and ask them to pass this pro-life legislation.
1.  Your Senator
2.  President of the Senate, Senator Ron Richard.
3.  Senate Majority Floor Leader, Senator Mike Kehoe
4.  Senate Sponsor of the bill and Assistant Majority Floor Leader, Senator Bob Onder

If you have any questions, please call our Missouri Right to Life state office at 573-635-5110 or email us at righttolife@missourilife.org.

Please, come early and WEAR RED FOR LIFE!

See you at the Capitol in Jefferson City on the first floor rotunda this Wednesday, June 14 at 2:30!

Senate Majority Fails to Pass Pro-Life Legislation

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

While pro-abortion forces bask in their victory having stopped pro-life legislation, pro-life Missourians are questioning the lack of action by the Republican majority. Pro-life people of faith and values who went to the polls in November to elect pro-life leaders expect more!

In the wake of the Board of Aldermen in St. Louis City declaring St. Louis to be a sanctuary city for abortion and U.S. District Judge Sachs ruling against common sense regulation of abortion clinics, the Missouri Senate has failed to act on pro-life legislation. When it comes to protecting women and saving babies, no end-of-session dysfunction or filibuster can explain this away. Pro-life action could have been taken many times over the past weeks of the legislative session.

Missouri Right to Life continues to work with pro-life legislators and elected officials to find a way to protect women and babies. Governor Greitens has been very vocal about his support of HCS HB 174/SB 41 and HCS HB 194/SB 67. We know stopping sanctuary cities for abortion, accountability of baby body parts, jurisdiction issues for the Attorney General, Whistleblower protection and abortion clinic inspections have been priorities of pro-life Missourians this entire 2017 legislative session!

Pray for our leadership and Missouri Right to Life as we work to protect women and babies from the deceptions of the abortion industry.

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