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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!

Planned Parenthood Escaping Accountability as Session Closes

Missouri Right to Life
Press Release

For Immediate Release
May 11, 2016

For Information:
Statewide: 573-635-5110

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.

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Your calls and emails are still needed!

Call to Action on HCS HB’s 2069 & 2371!

Our Legislators need to know that you support them as they work to pass pro-life legislation.

Call your Senator, thank him/her for what they have done so far, and let them know that we need HCS HB’s 2069 & 2371 passed to give the full force of law to ensure that baby body parts are not being sold in Missouri or around the United States.
What Will HCS HB’s 2069 & 2371 Accomplish?

  • 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.

Session ends on Friday, May 13 at 6:00 p.m. So time is critical!

Click here to lookup your Senator and their contact info.

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.

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