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Missouri Legislators End 2018 Session with a Mixed Review While President Trump Announces Action to Prevent Tax Dollars from Going to Abortion Providers

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

Pro-life Missourians are questioning the lack of action by the Republican majority to end abortion after 5 months gestation when babies feel pain during the abortion.  Pro-life people of faith and values worked and helped these legislators win their seats.  We expect more!

We thank the House and Senate for the pro-life language in the budget to prevent our tax dollars from being used for abortion and for the many great programs that were funded in the appropriations bills like alternatives to abortion, show-me healthy babies and a new pilot program to help pregnant and post-partum moms get over drug addictions. We also thank the House and Senate for extending and increasing tax credits for those who donate to Pregnancy Resource Centers and Maternity Homes.

While we send money to great programs, we must also work to end the atrocities in abortion clinics where they are killing tiny babies in horrendous ways. These atrocities are occurring inside abortion clinics right in our own local communities as we shop, dine and go through our daily activities.

Missouri Right to Life continues to work with pro-life legislators and elected officials to find ways to protect women and babies.

Governor Greitens has been very active in his support of pro-life legislation. Attorney General Hawley has been active in fighting the abortion industry in their frivolous lawsuits against common sense pro-life laws. And, President Trump has announced that he will re-enact a Reagan Rule to prevent those who provide abortions or who are connected in any way to the abortion facility from receiving our federal tax dollars. We are in an active battle with those who kill babies for profit!

We are all working together to protect women and save babies from the deceptions of the abortion industry. Pray for our elected officials and Missouri Right to Life as we work together.

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URGENT PRO-LIFE ACTION ALERT!

This is the LAST WEEK for the Missouri State Senate to pass the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HB 1266) and other pro-life legislation.

1. Call the President of the Senate, Ron Richard (573-751-2173)

2. Call Majority Floor Leader, Mike Kehoe (573-751-2076)

NOTE: These two Senators decide what bills will come to the floor for a vote.

4. Ask these Senators to put on the calendar and pass the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act – Ban Abortion at 5 Months of Pregnancy – 16 other states have already done this!

Pro-Lifers Win in Court Again in Missouri

The Following Statement is from Steve Rupp, MRL President:

Pro-Life Missourians praise U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips’ ruling to deny Planned Parenthood’s request for a temporary restraining order on a provision of SB 5 requiring that a “medication [chemical] abortion complication plan” be filed with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. This requirement is a simple common sense health and safety plan.

Continue to pray for MRL as we work to save babies and protect women from the deceptions of the abortion industry by working to pass pro-life legislation. And pray for our Attorney General Josh Hawley and his team as they defend our pro-life laws passed by the pro-life majorities in our Missouri House and Senate.

Our many thanks and gratitude to Governor Eric Greitens for his call of the Special Session this past summer to pass the important provisions found in SB 5!

All provisions of SB 5 stand in full force in our Missouri statutes.

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

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.

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.

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