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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.

Pass The Women’s Health Care Protection Act!

The outrageous decision by Judge Sachs to overturn commonsense regulations on abortion clinics and abortionists has opened the gates here in Missouri for more abortion facilities. Planned Parenthood has announced that, once licensed by the state, they will immediately begin doing abortions again at their Columbia and Kansas City locations.

Investigations by the legislature in 2015 showed that there have been multiple violations of state law by Planned Parenthood. Sadly, there is documented evidence that over 65 ambulances have been called to the Planned Parenthood in St. Louis since 2009. In addition, the Center for Medical Progress proved through their ground-breaking videos that Planned Parenthood was selling aborted baby body parts.

All this should compel the Missouri Legislature to pass The Women’s Health Care Protection Act to mandate annual on-site inspections of abortion clinics and accountability of baby body parts.

Please call Gov. Eric Greitens, Senate President Pro-Tem Ron Richard, Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe as well as your own Senators and ask them to pass HCS HB 194 or SB 67, The Women’s Health Care Protection Act!

MO House Gives First Round Approval to Stop Sanctuary Cities for Abortion

MISSOURI RIGHT TO LIFE
PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release:
March 28, 2017
For Information:
Statewide: 573-635-5110

Missouri House Gives First Round Approval
to Stop Sanctuary Cities for Abortion

Steve Rupp, President of Missouri Right to Life, praises the House Members for their action today on HCS HB 174.

The Missouri House gave first round approval today to HCS HB 174. HCS HB 174 would give clear protection to the religious liberty of alternatives-to-abortion agencies and their agents to freely engage in religious practices and speech without government interference.

In HCS HB 174, a political subdivision of this state is preempted from enacting, adopting, or enforcing any ordinance or any other form of regulation that would interfere with, or otherwise adversely affect an alternatives-to-abortion agency or any other religious organizations and their agents’ operations or speech.

HCS HB 174 is necessary because an ordinance (BB 203) was passed by the Board of Aldermen in the City of St. Louis. This ordinance attacks and threatens the deeply held moral and religious convictions of the people of St. Louis by seeking to make St. Louis a “sanctuary city” for abortion.

Unless HCS HB 174 is enacted, BB 203 will force churches and others to be complicit in the profound evil of abortion. Today the House, with a vote of 116 to 34, took the first step to correct this situation.

After final approval in the House, the bill will move to the Senate for passage. Governor Greitens has committed to signing this legislation.

Urgent Action Alert on Senate Concurrent Resolution 10

The City of St. Louis is considering changes to its anti-discrimination ordinance to add pregnancy and “reproductive health decisions” as protected classes.

If this passes, employers, regardless of the personal views or religious beliefs, would be prohibited from discriminating against persons, partnerships, associations, corporations, etc., who obtain abortion, birth control or artificial reproduction. There are no exemptions for churches, religious organizations or for any person with a conscientious objection.

State Senator Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) is trying to stop this blatant discrimination against people of faith by sending a message to the City of St. Louis with the filing of Senate Concurrent Resolution 10 (SCR 10).

SCR 10 urges the St. Louis Board of Aldermen to abandon or defeat the effort to make St Louis City an abortion sanctuary with the passage of proposed ordinance 203.

Missouri Right to Life encourages all pro-lifers to contact their state senator and urge the passage of SCR 10 and SB 41 (Sen. Wayne Wallingford). The effort to make pregnancy, abortion and “reproductive health decisions” protected classes must be stopped.

We must not allow this movement to take hold and spread to other Missouri cities. Click here to identify and contact your senator.

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