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MISSOURI RIGHT TO LIFE
For Immediate Release:
March 28, 2017
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.
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.
Last week Senator Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, filed the Women’s Health and Clinic Safety Act.
The proposed bill states that no person shall knowingly donate or make an anatomical gift of fetal organs or tissue resulting from an abortion. The bill requires that all fetal organs and tissue removed at the time of abortion be sent to the pathologist for examination while also outlining what the pathologist must include in his or her report regarding the same, and clarifies procedures for how the Department of Health handles these reports.
Protections for whistleblowers who report violations of law regarding the handling of fetal organs and yearly on-site inspections of abortion clinics are also required under the act.
Sen. Onder’s legislation has the support of Missouri Right to Life and other prolife organizations.
“Missouri Right to Life is honored to be working with Senator Bob Onder and all our pro-life Senators as we begin the 2017 legislative session. We look forward to the passage of the ‘Women’s Health and Clinic Safety Act’. This legislation will provide protection for women by ensuring an annual inspection and require accountability from abortion clinics for all abortions. We look forward to the passage of the bill,” said Susan Klein, Legislative Liaison for Missouri Right to Life.
Senator Wayne Wallingford and Senator David Sater have also filed pro-life bills strongly supported by Missouri Right to Life. We will be working with Senator Wallingford and Senator Sater to move these bills to final passage:
SB 41 – Relating to Alternatives to Abortion
Senator Wayne Wallingford
SB 67 – Relating to Abortion Clinic Inspections
Senator Bob Onder
SB 96 – Relating to a Ban on Sex Selection Abortions
Senator David Sater
Watch for more information in our weekly lifeline on the 2017 Legislative Session. The session begins on Wednesday, January 4. Please pray for all our legislators and state officials as they transition into their public service positions.
“Missouri Right to Life is profoundly disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the Texas law that requires protective measures for women seeking abortion. Missouri passed similar laws in 2005. These laws requiring that an abortionist have hospital privileges within 30 miles of the abortion clinic and that abortion clinics follow the same procedures as all ambulatory surgical centers are common sense safety measures and not undue burdens,” said Steve Rupp, President of Missouri Right to Life.
President Rupp continued, “This decision allows the abortion industry to operate unsafe clinics and with little oversight. The court ignored recent cases of medical negligence, manslaughter and murder carried out in abortion clinics in Pennsylvania and Texas. Today the court advanced the abortion agenda over the protection of women’s health.”
“Missouri Right to Life will continue to work to pass legislation to protect innocent babies and women,” Rupp concluded.
The following statement was received from National Right to Life:
WASHINGTON (June 27, 2016 — NRLC) – By a vote of 5-3, the U.S. Supreme Court today struck provisions of a Texas law requiring abortion clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers and requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital in case of medical emergencies (with certain exceptions.) The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals previously rejected facial attacks on both provisions.
“How shabby are these abortion clinics that they cannot meet the minimum standards other outpatient surgical centers are required to meet, and just how bad are these abortionists that they can’t get admitting privileges at a local hospital?,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “As we saw with Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia, it’s clear that the lucrative abortion industry is not able or willing to police itself and allows filthy, deplorable conditions to go unchecked.”
The provisions struck by the Court today were part of a broader pro-life omnibus package passed by the Texas legislature in 2013. Texas HB2 also included National Right to Life model language to protect unborn children who are capable of experiencing great pain when being killed by dismemberment or other late abortion methods. An unborn child is capable of feeling pain by 20 weeks after fertilization and earlier. That provision of the law was unchallenged in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.
“In the years following Roe v. Wade, the Court exhibited extreme hostility to regulation of abortion as a medical procedure,” said Tobias. “However, in its 1992 Casey decision, the Court turned a corner, rejecting the idea of it being ‘the country’s ex officio medical board’. Today, they reversed course and decided that they know better than representatives duly elected by the people of the United States.”
National Right to Life’s Brief of Amicus Curiae in the case is available here:
2016 Legislative Session Comes to a Close: Bill to Prevent the Sale of Aborted Babies Fails to Pass the Senate
While the House passed multiple pro-life bills, the Senate chose not to pass what the House sent over to them.
HB 2069, a substantive bill ensuring that babies’ bodies and body parts from abortion are not being sold for profit was never taken up for discussion. HB 2069 passed the House with a bi-partisan veto proof majority of a 120 votes. There is no reason for the Senate not to have sent HB 2069 to the Governor.
We are grateful for the work of the House and Senate Appropriation committees for funding positive pro-life programs passed in previous years (see below). These programs are changing hearts and minds.
But, if the legislators want to stop the killing of babies in abortion clinics, they MUST also pass legislation regulating abortion. The laws we are relying on right now in all the attacks from Planned Parenthood and the courts are because legislators stood up and passed laws regulating the abortion industry.
Why, with a pro-life super-majority, has the Missouri senate not passed important pro-life legislation? Missouri Right to Life has long believed that the abortion industry and the research industry are intrinsically connected. Missouri Right to Life has also made it clear that there should be a distinction between ethical and unethical research when working on public policies and funding.
While pro-lifers support passage of funding for good pro-life programs, defunding $380,000 from Planned Parenthood from our state budget and continuing further investigations of Planned Parenthood, we stand unified in the belief that significant pro-life legislation regulating the abortion industry and prohibiting the sale of baby body parts must be passed.
Until we can stop the killing of these innocent babies at the earliest stages of development from abortion or research, we must pass substantive legislation regulating these industries. Missouri Right to Life looks forward to working with the House and the Senate to pass substantive pro-life legislation in the years to come.
Budget Bills With Pro-Life Provisions:
- Alternative to Abortion Funding
- Maintained pro-life protective language on Dept. of Economic Development bill to prevent public monies from being used for research on aborted babies, embryos, and human cloning.
- For the purpose of providing expansion of courier services for delivery of cord blood to the St. Louis Cord Blood Bank at SSM Cardinal Glennon Hospital.
- Show-Me Healthy Babies Program Funding.
- Family planning dollars in the state budget ($380,000) will now be funded by the state and not the federal government. These monies can be used for family planning provided that none of the funds appropriated may be expended to directly or indirectly subsidize abortion services or procedures or administrative functions and none of the funds appropriated may be paid or granted to an organization that provides abortion services.
Better Health Care for Women that does not include abortion!
Missouri Right to Life
For Immediate Release
May 11, 2016
The following can be attributed to Steve Rupp, President of Missouri Right to Life:
As the 2016 General Assembly session reaches its final hours, Missouri Right to Life (MRL) is profoundly disappointed and amazed that it appears as if no legislative action will be taken to address the scandalous prospect of the sale of baby body parts by Planned Parenthood.
For many months, Missourians have seen and heard continual press reports of the Sanctity of Life Committee, the videos of Planned Parenthood and their flagrant disregard for the lives of the unborn that they reduce to commodities, and the resistance of accountability from Planned Parenthood leadership and the pathology labs with whom they contract.
While it is appreciated that the General Assembly has taken budgetary steps to keep tax revenue from abortion providers, and that the State House of Representatives has passed numerous Pro-Life measures, there is still progress that can be made in the Missouri Senate. But we are running out of time.
We have seen substantial laws enacted recently in neighboring states like Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas that promote the protection of the unborn in meaningful ways. Yet it seems there is an arbitrary resistance to such efforts in the Missouri Senate. MRL and the voters are quite curious as to why.
Each election year, there is a mad dash for each conservative candidate, including current officeholders, to proclaim themselves as a “Pro-Life” champion and a warrior for “values”. The Missouri Right to Life Political Action Committee (MRL PAC) would like to be able to communicate with voters how committed the Missouri legislators are to advancing Pro-Life legislation. It looks as though the Missouri Senate will prevent such proclamations from being made in 2016.
There is still time to do what needs to be done to hold Planned Parenthood accountable. The State Senate can still pass HB 2069, which would make sure there is no sale of baby body parts in Missouri!
There is no reason that such a majority, elected by hundreds of thousands of Pro-Life voters, should not pass this common-sense legislation to guard against the abuses perpetrated by Planned Parenthood. Whether it be the biotech lobby, the minority party demands, or the claims of a liberal Attorney General, we need to put the lives of unborn children first. Our state will face serious ballot challenges this year, and there is no upside to keeping Pro-Life legislation from advancing and passing.
Your calls and emails are still needed!
Our Legislators need to know that you support them as they work to pass pro-life legislation.
- Requires the accounting of and reporting of all body parts of the aborted baby.
- Prohibits donation of baby organs or tissue after an abortion.
- Imposes penalties for sale of baby body parts of the aborted baby.
- Requires all remains of an aborted baby to be submitted to a board certified pathologist.
- Requires a detailed tissue report on every abortion.
- Requires disclosure of the entity conducting the exam of the remains of an aborted baby.
- Requires tracking of the baby’s remains from abortion facility to pathology lab to disposition location.
- Mandates that the Department of Health receive report copies which are available to the public.
- Noncompliance requires an unscheduled inspection of the abortion facility.
- Un-remedied deficiencies result in a suspended license (1 year minimum).
- The Health Department will make annual report of deficiencies to the General Assembly.
- Contains whistleblower protections for people who work in the abortion clinic, the pathology lab, or the research facility.
Take Note: Anything that impedes the financial incentive for the abortion industry decreases the number of abortions. Please call your State Senator and ask him/her to pass HCS HBs 2069 & 2371.