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Missouri Lifeline
January 18, 2014  

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Dear Friend of Life,

Welcome to this week's edition of the Missouri Lifeline. 

I hope you'll find this update useful and informative. Please use the convenient forward option below or the social media buttons above to pass this information along to family and friends. For even more information on news and events, follow us on Twitter and Facebook using the links in the side-bar.

Pam Fichter
President, MRL

 

Legislative Update
HB 1478 - Sponsored by Representative Kathryn Swan from Cape Girardeau, MO.  With Rep. Swan and Speaker Tim Jones there are a total of 103 sponsor/cosponsors.  We expect and hope that the number of cosponsors will grow to at least 109 or 110.  We are working on the Senate bill and hope to have a bill number for you in next week's lifeline.

HB 1478 is important pro-life legislation for the protection of women's health care.  This legislation will place in statute stricter inspection requirements and more accountability for abortion clinics.  It will establish statutory requirements rather than relying solely on regulations for oversight of abortion clinics and will be less subject to the agenda of a particular agency or political party.  
Even though Missouri has regulatory requirements for clinic inspections, the most recent report on Planned Parenthood shows that these aren't being enforced thus putting women at risk.
Atrocities at abortion clinics in Pennsylvania and Texas and multiple violations of health requirements at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood facility where 23 ambulances have been called in the last 4 years, at least 8 of those occurring in 2013, illustrate the need for this legislation. 

Speaker Tim Jones held a press conference on HB 1478, HB 1430 and other important pro-life priorities in Springfield on Thursday, January 16 at the Pregnancy Care Center.  Dave Plemmons, MRL PAC Chairman and Cindi Boston, Director of the Pregnancy Care Center hosted the Speaker of the House as he spoke about important issues to the pro-life community.  We thank the Speaker for his stand on these pro-life bills and his commitment to move pro-life legislation forward and help get it to the Governor's desk.

Click here for the full update. 

 

Missouri Life Caravan Heads to Washington DC
Wednesday, January 22nd, marks the 41st year of legalized abortion in the United States, the loss of an estimated 56 million lives. We pray for the unborn and for the safety of those traveling to Washington DC to attend the National March for Life.

Buses from all over Missouri will be headed to Washington DC filled with pro-lifers commemorating the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. Missouri Right to Life is sending almost 1,000 people to stand up for life. At this time, the buses are full. 

In the morning there will be a meeting with Missouri legislators in room 485 of the Russell Senate Office Building. Click here for the full schedule of speakers.

After the legislative meeting, the participants will proceed to the March Rally. The MRL group will be gathering at the Carousel on the Mall  at 7th and Madison. After the March, participants will visit individual Congressmen's and Congresswomen's offices.

 

Midwest March for Life
On Saturday, January 25, hundreds will gather at 10:00 am in
front of the Governor's Executive Mansion at 100 Madison Street for the Fourth Annual Mid-West March for Life. Marchers will proceed through the streets of downtown Jefferson City to rally at the Capitol to focus attention on what 41 years of legalized abortion has wrought.  Missouri Right to Life President, Pam Fichter will address the Rally.

http://www.midwestmarchforlife.com

 

Jahi McMath: Sometimes Things Are Not As They Seem
Bishop  Robert Finn of the Kansas City/St. Joseph diocese writes an informative letter about the science of brain death and Catholic moral teaching on end-of-life decisions...read more.

 

Abortions top 56 million since Roe v. Wade
Given the trends seen in recent national reports, National Right to Life now believes that there have been over 56 million abortions since 1973...read more.

 

Roe v. Wade's Toxic Fruit
It has been 41 years since Roe v. Wade "settled" the abortion controversy, leaving in its wake ever-increasing societal divisions and a crumbling of our culture's commitment to the equality and sanctity of human life...read more.

 

Supreme Court hears abortion clinic 35-foot "buffer zone" challenge
In 2007 the state of Massachusetts enacted a law that extended its then-existing 6-foot "floating buffer zone" to 35 feet...read more.

 

Abortion Lobby Tries to Roll Back Pro-Life Victories
Since 2010, 30 states have passed more than 200 pro-life laws on abortion, sparking a wave of lawsuits by pro-abortion groups challenging these new provisions...read more.

 

Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal in Arizona 20-week abortion ban
The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to review a lower court ruling that struck down an Arizona law banning abortions after 20 weeks...read more.

 

Pope Francis: 'frightful' that aborted babies 'will never see the light of day'
In Pope Francis first 'State of the World' address, given annually to the ambassadors to the Vatican, the pope said "it is frightful even to think there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day."...read more.

 

Federal Abortion Funding Harms Women, Experts Tell Congress
A proposed law blocking federal funding of abortion would be a big step towards "women's health" and a true "women's agenda," experts told members of Congress at a recent hearing...read more.

 

N.M. doctors can prescribe meds to help people die: Judge
Competent, terminally ill patients have a fundamental right under the New Mexico Constitution to seek a physician's help in getting prescription medications if they want to end their lives on their own terms, a state district judge ruled Monday...read more.

 

New study proves all emergency contraception can cause early  abortion
A new study released today by the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) compiles new evidence showing that emergency contraceptives can operate as abortion-inducing drugs...read more

 

How should you speak to your children about abortion?
Children are particularly receptive to the message of equality of all people, and to the truth that might does not make right. They have a keen sense of justice and fairness...read more.

 

Pro-Life Around the State

January 18th, 2014 Annual Memorial Mass - Please join the St. Louis community to pray for an end to abortion, healing and forgiveness for those involved in abortion and increased respect for all human life on Saturday, January 18th at the Cathedral Basilica. Click here to download a flier  
  
Jan. 21-23, 2014 - Statewide, Bus Trip to the March for Life in Washington. See details on our website: www.MissouriLife.org.

January 22, 2014 
       
Sedalia - Memorial Observance of the Roe V. Wade Decision, 12:00 noon, Pettis Co Courthouse, Sedalia.

Kansas City - Pro-Life Prayer Rally January 22nd, Wednesday, noon to 1pm, Ilus Davis Park, 400 E 9th St - across from the Federal Courthouse.

Independence - Candle Light Vigil,  6-7 pm Noland Rd & 24 Highway, Independence. Sponsored by Independence Chapter MRL. For details:call 816-836-0830.

Warrensburg -  2014 Annual Candle Light Children's Memorial Service for Life at 7 p.m., in UCM's Elliott University Union's Kitterman Room, located on the northeast corner of the main floor of the building. Contact Tom Fitzpatrick for details: 660-747-5772.

January 25, 2014 - Jefferson City, Midwest March for Life, begins at 10:00 am at the Governor's Mansion. The walk will proceed to the State Capitol where the Rally will take place.  A luncheon will follow in Selinger Center next to St. Peters Church.  Reservations for the luncheon are needed and can be made at www.midwestmarchforlife.com or call Kathy Forck 573-821-5130.

January 26, 2014 - Lamar, Memorial Prayer Service, Memorial Hall, 2:00 pm.  Speakers will be Danelle Howard with Lifechoices, Sen. Ed Emery, Sen. District 31 and Rep. Mike Kelley, House Dist. 127.

 

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