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Missouri Lifeline
February 1, 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
While pro-life bills dealing with abortion and health care are being heard in House and Senate Committees, two House Committees, the Special Standing Committee on Small Business and the Economic Development Committee are holding hearings on bills that open the door for public funding, tax credits and state incentives for human cloning and embryonic stem cell research.  At this time pro-life protections have been rejected for the bills heard by the Special Standing Committee on Small Business (HB 1236 and HB 1310).

It is yet to be seen what the House Economic Development Committee will do on HB 1498 or what the Special Standing Committee on Small Business will do on HB 1495.

Missouri Right to Life "Opposed" these Economic Development bills (see explanation below) because they do not include pro-life protections to prevent our tax dollars, public monies, tax credits and state incentives from being used for or given to businesses that could do human cloning and embryonic stem cell research.  The legislature needs to be clear on pro-life protections.  If these businesses do not intend to do human cloning and embryonic stem cell research then there should be no problem putting pro-life protections on these bills.

Click here for the full update and more information on these economic development bills. 


Action Alert
Following are the House Committee Members hearing economic development legislation.

Please call the members of these committees and let them know that you want MRL's pro-life protective language on the four bills mentioned in the previous article and other bills where Missouri Right to Life requests pro-life protections.  

Link to Legislative Phone Numbers

House Special Standing Committee on Small Business Committee Members

House Economic Development Committee Members 

Click here for more information on each of the bills.


Missouri House committee approves extended mandatory abortion waiting period
Women would have to wait 72 hours after getting an ultrasound and receiving state-mandated information before getting an abortion under a bill approved by a House committee...read more.


House Speaker re-introduces conscience rights legislation
Missouri's House Speaker has again filed legislation aimed at protecting the conscience rights of medial workers...read more.


Representatives halt tax credit bill hearing after anti-cloning plea
An attempt to insert anti-cloning restrictions into an economic development bill was cut short Tuesday when Rep. Noel Torpey accused Missouri Right to Life's lobbyist of creating a false issue for political reasons...read more.


Abortion facility inspections a step in right direction
Recently, Cape Girardeau Republican Kathy Swan sponsored a bill -- co-sponsored by more than 100 lawmakers -- that addresses the inspections of abortion clinics and the definition of "medical emergency" that could "necessitate the immediate abortion of her pregnancy to avert the death of the pregnant woman."...read more.


Senator Blunt Files Bipartisan Amicus Brief Against ObamaCare HHS Mandate
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) and U.S. Representative Randy Forbes (Va.) led an effort this week to fight for Americans' First Amendment rights by filing an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius...read more.


Republican National Committee urges party members to reject 'strategy of silence' on abortion
On the heels of its support for the March for Life, the Republican National Committee (RNC) is urging the party to declare its pro-life beliefs and reject a "strategy of silence" on abortion...read more.


House passes 'No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act'
By an overwhelming margin of 227-188, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 7, the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act."...read more.


Pro-Life Around the State
February 22, 2014 - Defenders of the Unborn will be hosting a banquet at the Columns Banquet Center in St. Charles, MO. Guest speaker will be Jim Sedlak Vice President of American Life League and a leading expert on defunding Planned Parenthood. For more info contact Mary Maschmeier at 314-346-9052.




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