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MRL State and Federal PACs Announce 2014 Candidate Endorsements
The Missouri Right to Life State and Federal Political Action Committee (PAC) endorsements for the August 5th Primary Election are now available to be viewed on the web at www.missourilifepac.org. Endorsements are based on voting records of sitting legislators as well as survey responses, interviews, public statements, public record and information from MRL PAC volunteers in the districts.
Another Ambulance at Planned Parenthood of Greater St. Louis
When you read the following, ask yourself and then call your legislator and ask him or her why the abortion clinic inspection bills HB 1478 & SB 770, promoted by Missouri Right to Life, did not pass in the last legislative session.
On the morning of July 10th, 2014, pro-life volunteers and interns with Coalition for Life documented the arrival of a fire truck and emergency response team at the Planned Parenthood of Greater St. Louis Region on Forest Park Avenue. Not long after, an ambulance was seen entering the clinic parking lot. About 8 minutes after the arrival of the ambulance someone was taken from the facility and placed in the ambulance, although that person could not be seen as the view of the gurney was blocked by a sheet held by clinic workers.
As was previously reported by MRL and documented by Operation Rescue, 23 ambulances have been sighted at this facility in the past four years. Women who go to this facility deserve to be protected against unsanitary and unsafe practices. It is the state's responsibility to provide that safety. We need the clinic inspection bill.
We encourage pro-life legislators to make MRL's abortion clinic inspection bill a top priority next year and require more oversight of these abortion clinics that kill babies and hurt women.
Missouri Congresswoman Ann Wagner Featured in K of C's Columbia Magazine
Columbia recently spoke with three lawmakers - Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) and Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth (Ontario), a member of Father Theobald Spetz Council 5135 in Waterloo - about both the signs of hope and the challenges facing the pro-life movement today. "We need to communicate from a place of love, focusing on the humanity of the unborn baby - not attacking the women or the victims. For example, I often chronicle what the child can do at three and six and 10 weeks, moving up to 20 weeks, when the baby recognizes the sound of its mother's own voice and can feel pain, said Congresswoman Wagner.
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Governor Vetoes Bill Increasing Tax Credit Dollars for PRCs and Maternity Homes
"Missouri Right to Life is very disappointed that Governor Nixon has vetoed the tax credit increase for pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes," said Pam Fichter, President of Missouri Right to Life.
Governor Signs Omnibus Bills with Programs for Insurance for Unborn Babies and that Promotes Cord Blood Donations
On Thursday, July 10, Governor Nixon signed bills that fund several Health Programs. Among those programs was the "Show Me Healthy Babies" program that provides health insurance for unborn babies. Hopefully, this program will help mothers choose life for their babies. Also included was a program to set up collection and transportation sites for umbilical cord blood donations. Umbilical cord blood contains adult stem cells that can be used for ethical treatments and research. Thank you Missouri legislature for passing these bills and Governor Nixon for signing them into law.
Percentage of Voters Who Call Themselves Pro-Life at All-Time High
The percentage of American voters who call themselves pro-life is at an all-time high, according to a new national survey from Rasmussen Reports....read more.
Seven non-profits win injunctions against HHS mandate after Hobby Lobby ruling
In the wake of last Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case, the high court and two federal appeals courts have granted temporary injunctions to seven non-profit organizations...read more.
Three Abortion Clinics Close Down, 27 Abortion Clinics Have Closed in 2014
The closure of three abortion clinics this week, including one associated with the infamous late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, bring the total number of closed abortion facilities to 27 so far this year...read more.
OBGYN group changes its 'facts' when needed to protect abortion
ACOG presents itself as a defender of scientific truth about human reproduction. Yet a look at ACOG's factual claims before the court, and the claims it is making in other forums about the very same facts, raises troubling questions...read more.
The Pro-Abortion Movement's War on Women
If you think unborn children should be welcomed in life and protected by law, you are waging a "war on women." That is what President Obama and his allies want the country to believe...there is a war being waged against women. But it is coming from the abortion industry and its accomplices...read more.
Pro-Life Around the State
August 5, Statewide - Primary election. Get out to vote.
September 12, St. Charles - save the date for the St. Charles Chapter Golf Tournament. More details will come later.
October 2, Kansas City - Missouri Right to Life - Western Region annual banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn in Independence. Speaker will be Sheryl Crosier, mother of Simon and author of "I am not a syndrome, my name is Simon."
October 8, Statewide - last day to mail your voter registration form to vote in the November general election.
November 4, Statewide - General election. Get out to vote.