Missouri Life News

Missouri Legislature Passes the “Missouri Stands For the Unborn Act”

Shortly before 5:00 AM this morning, the Missouri Senate passed SS SCS HB 126.

Missouri Right to Life is very grateful to the Missouri House of Representatives for sending the strongest pro-life bill in Missouri history to the Senate, to Senator Koenig, Senator Onder and the senate conservative caucus and to Governor Parson for their great efforts to pass the strongest version of the bill possible.

After 18 hours of negotiation, the Senate took up and passed groundbreaking legislation that will set the standard for pro-life legislation nation wide.

This legislation will:

  • ban abortion at detection of a heartbeat at 8 weeks, if overturned
  • ban abortion at 14 weeks, if overturned
  • ban abortion at 18 weeks
  • require 2nd custodial parent notification
  • require Missouri informed consent requirements for out-of-state abortion referrals
  • increase required malpractice insurance to 3 million dollars
  • increase to 70% of the donation, tax credits for donations to Pregnancy Resource Centers and lifts the limit on the amount of the donation
  • ban abortion when Roe v. Wade is overturned
  • ban abortion for race, gender and Down Syndrome diagnosis

We thank the Missouri House and Senate for their commitment this session to increase protections to unborn children and their mothers and to Governor Parson for his strong commitment to pro-life legislation.

Missouri Pro-Life Legislative Update: Call Your Senators!

We are now in the last two weeks of the legislative session. The omnibus pro-life bill, SCS HB 126, has been passed by the Senate Health and Pensions Committee and the Senate Fiscal Oversight Committee and is now on the Senate Calendar. These are exciting times in Missouri for all pro-lifers.

This bill has multiple provisions including the Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act language, which bans abortion at 20 weeks when unborn children are capable of feeling pain. This language is in effect in 16 other states and should go into effect in Missouri shortly after it is signed by Governor Parson.

SCS HB 126 also challenges Roe v. Wade with a ban on abortion at eight weeks gestation and later, when a heartbeat can be detected. While this language reflects the scientific truth of the humanity of the unborn child, the pro-abortion forces will use the courts to try to stop this life-saving legislation.

In addition, this bill enacts the “Right to Life of the Unborn Child Act” which “is a trigger ban” on all abortions in Missouri, contingent upon the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the adoption of a federal Human Life Amendment or the enactment of a federal Human Life Bill.

Also included in the bill is a requirement that the second custodial parent be notified when a minor is seeking an abortion. Parents have the right to know about the medical procedures on the children in their custody. Missouri currently has a one-parent consent requirement with a judicial bypass option.

SCS HB 126 bans abortions for race, gender or a Down Syndrome diagnosis and increases the medical malpractice insurance requirements for those performing or inducing abortions to bring it in line with medical standards for other surgical procedures.

And finally, it obligates abortion facilities and family planning agencies to provide Missouri’s printed informed consent information to a woman if they refer the woman to an out of state abortion facility.

Please call your Missouri Senator with a positive message asking them to support the passage of SCS HB 126. Let them know how excited pro-lifers are about this legislation and how proud we are of our pro-life legislators and our Governor for supporting its passage.

Legislative Action This Week in the Missouri Legislature

Missouri House Democrat Legislators Vote to Allow Infanticide

This morning, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in the Missouri House of Representatives Rules Committee on Administrative Research, three pro-abortion Democrats voted no on protecting babies born alive after an abortion (HCS HB 971). Pro-abortion Democrat Representatives John Carpenter (District 15), Deb Lavender (District 90), and Gina Mitten (District 83), voted to allow infanticide of babies born alive and needing care. They said “NO” to caring for these babies born alive and breathing.

Voting to protect babies born alive after an attempted abortion were: Republican Representatives Holly Rehder (District 148), Shiela Solon (District 9), Shamed Dogan (District 98), Hannah Kelly (District 141), and Nick Schroer (District 107).

“We are truly saddened to think that in our conservative, pro-life state of Missouri some legislators would approve of the killing of innocent unborn babies that survive an abortion. We are so thankful that our majority, pro-life legislators recognize that a baby at birth, through whatever means, is a human being worthy of care,” said Steve Rupp, President of Missouri Right to Life.

Missouri Senate Fiscal Oversight Committee Sends SCS HB 126 to Full Senate for Consideration

Today, April 25, 2019, the Senate Fiscal Oversight Committee voted to move SCS HB 126, the omnibus pro-life bill, forward to the full Senate for consideration. Those pro-life Republican Senators voting in support of life were: Senators Mike Cunningham (District 33), David Sater (District 29), Sandy Crawford (District 28), Bill Eigel (District 23) and Lincoln Hough (District 30). The one Senator voting no on this life-saving legislation was pro-abortion Democrat Senator John Rizzo (District 11).

“SCS HB 126 is the strongest pro-life legislation ever considered in the United States. Many lives of innocent unborn children will be saved with the passage of this legislation. We are grateful to our pro-life legislators in both the House and Senate for putting forth this historic piece of legislation,” said Steve Rupp, President of Missouri Right to Life.

Missouri House Passes Omnibus Pro-life Bill Protecting Unborn Children and the Health and Safety of Women

Missouri Right to Life
Press Release

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

Yesterday, the Missouri House third read and finally passed HB 126 by a vote of 117 to 39. This bill is the strongest pro-life bill ever attempted in the United States. It has multiple provisions including the Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act language, which bans abortion at 20 weeks when unborn children are capable of feeling pain. This language is in effect in 16 other states and should go into effect in Missouri shortly after it is signed by Governor Parson.

All pro-life Missourians are extremely grateful to the Missouri House for their leadership in passing the most pro-life bill ever attempted in our country. Missouri is a pro-life state and we will not stand by as liberal states around the country legalize abortion up to birth and even infanticide. This legislation will save thousands of lives and ensure the safety and legal recourse for women in Missouri who seek abortions.

HB 126 also challenges Roe v. Wade with a ban on abortion at eight weeks gestation and later, when a heartbeat can be detected. While this language reflects the scientific truth of the humanity of the unborn child, pro-abortion forces will us the courts to try to stop this life-saving legislation.

In addition, this bill enacts the “Right to Life of the Unborn Child Act” which “is a trigger ban” on all abortions in Missouri, contingent upon the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the adoption of a federal Human Life Amendment or the enactment of a federal Human Life Bill.

Also included in the bill is a requirement that the second custodial parent be notified when a minor is seeking an abortion. Parents have the right to know about the medical procedures on the children in their custody. Missouri currently has a one-parent consent requirement with a judicial bypass option.

HB 126 bans abortions for race, gender or a Down Syndrome diagnosis and increases the medical malpractice insurance requirements for those performing or inducing abortions to bring it in line with medical standards for other surgical procedures.

And finally, it obligates abortion facilities and family planning agencies to provide Missouri’s printed informed consent information to a woman if they refer the woman to an out of state abortion facility.

The bill will now go to the Senate for consideration. We call upon our pro-life Senate to take up HB 126 as passed in the House, pass it and send it to the Governor’s desk.

Missouri Supreme Court Throws Out Challenge To State’s Abortion Law

Last week the Missouri Supreme Court ruled against the Satanic Temple in its challenge to Missouri’s 72-Hour waiting period law. The Court basically said that none of the alleged harms presented by the Satanic Temple case violates the plaintiff’s “religious” beliefs. Therefore, she had no case to argue in the court.

The informed consent legislation that includes the 72 hour reflection period is protecting women from the deceptions of the abortion industry and has saved the lives of many unborn babies. The 72 hour reflection period before an abortion begins after a woman is offered information about the development of her baby, the dangers involved in an abortion, the opportunity to see an ultrasound, information about Alternatives to Abortion, where a woman can find resources to help her in a crisis pregnancy and much more.

We are thankful the Missouri Supreme Court saw no basis for this case in the court.

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Link: Mary Doe Speaks: Her Story — The Satanic Temple, a Case Experience

Congratulations Sen. Hawley and AG Schmitt!

Missouri Right to Life congratulates Josh Hawley and his family on his position as Missouri’s newest U.S. Senator!

Sen. Hawley was sworn into office on Thursday, January 3, 2019. We are thankful for his pro-life work as Missouri’s Attorney General and we look forward to Senator Hawley’s work in the U.S. Senate to pass laws that will protect and defend innocent human lives.

Missouri Right to Life also congratulates Missouri’s new Attorney General, Eric Schmitt, and his family on his new position as Missouri’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer!

Attorney General Schmitt was sworn in to office at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 3, 2019. He becomes Missouri’s 43rd Chief Law Enforcement Officer.

We look forward to AG Schmitt’s leadership in defending common sense laws that give protection to innocent human lives.

Missouri Right to Life looks forward to working with these two new public servants as they work to pass and protect life-saving laws that will protect innocent human lives from inception to natural death.

Another Year of Life!

As we approach the end of 2018 and reflect on this past year, we can only be grateful for you, our donors and supporters. Without you, we would not be able to do this life-saving legislative, public policy and educational work.

We are truly grateful for our pro-life elected officials and legislators who do the work of passing pro-life legislation. We are grateful for our chapter chairs, our region and state boards of directors, and our many volunteers. You are the heart, the helping hands and the voice of the pro-life movement.

As we look forward to 2019, we are energized with a new sense of purpose. We have much to do: to pass more pro-life legislation, to offer help and assistance to all those who are in need and to bring understanding to those who acknowledge that abortion is wrong but are blinded to the need protect the vulnerable.

As we face these challenges in the coming year, we ask you once again to support the work of Missouri Right to Life. You can give a tax-deductible gift to the Missouri Right to Life Education Fund to fund our educational efforts or a gift to Missouri Right to Life to fund our legislative efforts.

Happy New Year from Missouri Right to Life!

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