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Missouri Legislature Overrides Vetoes on Pro-life Legislation
Due to Missouri Right to Life's years of education, lobbying and political action to elect pro-life legislators, we went into the override effort pretty confident that we had the votes to override the Governor's veto on pro-life laws and amendments. But, we must always be ready to support our pro-life legislators in the effort of protecting life.
That's what the Show Me Life rally was all about.
The program speakers did an excellent job of giving a human face to the truths that all pro-lifers know; that abortion kills a baby, that abortion hurts women and that every life is sacred and worthy of protection.
Susan Jaramillo spoke eloquently and emotionally about the devastation that past abortions brought into her life. Susan, Rebecca Kiessling and Angela Grogg spoke of the value of human life, even those conceived in the violent act of rape. Susan and Rebecca were both conceived during a rape of their mothers. Angela's daughter, Pyper was raped and inspite of the pain and difficulty of that experience, gave life to her beautiful son, Noah who was also on stage.
During debate, our pro-life legislators gave a rational, but passionate and sometimes emotional, defense of the 72 hour reflection period bill.
We are grateful to our pro-life legislators for their strength and commitment in passing these life-saving bills and overriding the governor's veto. Their heroic efforts will save lives. What better legacy can you leave.
Click here for Rebecca Kiessling's personal observations of the day.
Rape Survivors: Keeping The Baby Doesn't "Prolong the Suffering"
As the stories of many women confirm, both the mother and the child are helped by preserving life, not by perpetuating violence. Sadly, however, the testimonies of women who have actually been pregnant through sexual assault are routinely left out of this public debate...read more.
Missouri expands pregnancy center tax breaks
Missouri lawmakers have overridden Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill boosting tax breaks for groups that aid pregnant women...read more.
It's Time for Pro-Life Voters to Get Involved in the 2014 Elections
As only one-third of Americans have given any thought to the elections coming on November 4, citizens who stand for the rights of defenseless pre-born lives must ask ourselves: in what direction will today's candidates lead our nation?....read more.
MO Rep. Paul Wieland Asks Court for Protection During Obamacare Lawsuit Appeal
This week Thomas More Society attorneys filed for preliminary injunctive relief on behalf of Missouri State Representative Paul Wieland and his wife Teresa in the couple's lawsuit contesting Obamacare's infringement on their First Amendment rights...read more.
ADF Court Filing Against Belgian Euthanasia
The invaluable Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a complaint against the brutal Belgian euthanasia law as violating human rights...read more.
Nazi Euthanasia Victims Remembered
Memorial to the 300,000 people murdered by the Nazis for having mental and physical disabilities or chronic illnesses finally opened last week in Berlin. But has the West really learned anything from history and the danger of believing there's such a thing as unlivable, unworthy life?...read more.
Authentic Compassion Does Not Include Assisted Suicide
AThe British Parliament is currently considering the legalization of assisted suicide. The act under consideration was introduced by Lord Falconer and eschews the term "suicide," preferring instead the euphemism "assisted dying."...read more.
Pro-Life Around the State
September 13, St. Louis - National Day of Remembrance. Monument to be dedicated to aborted unborn babies. His Excellency, Bishop Hermann will dedicate this monument. Front entrance of Calvary Cemetery located at 5239 W. Florissant Avenue, at Union Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63115. The procession will begin at 11:45 a.m.
September 23, Columbia/Jefferson City - 40 Days For Life Opening Rally, First Assembly Of God Church, 1100 N 7TH St. Columbia, 6:30 p.m.Candlelight Vigil in front of Planned Parenthood, 711 Providence Rd. 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments. Bring Your Friends-Save Lives! Info: Kathy 573-821-5130
September 25, St. Joseph, MO - Pro-Life Forum at Missouri Western State University, Evening Event. Details Coming Soon
October 2, Kansas City - Missouri Right to Life - Western Region annual banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn in Independence, 19677 East Jackson Drive, Independence, MO. The Dinner and Program begin at 6 p.m. Speaker will be Sheryl Crosier, mother of Simon and author of "I am not a syndrome, my name is Simon." For Ticket Reservations, please call 816-353-4113 or email the Western Region Office at firstname.lastname@example.org The cost is $35 per ticket.
October 5, Statewide - Life Chains will take place across the state. Go here for a location near you: http://www.lifechain.net/ In left side bar, click on Missouri for locations.
October 8, Statewide - last day to mail your voter registration form to vote in the November general election.
October 23, Washington MO - Celebrate Life Banquet, 6:30 p.m., lower level, KC Hall in Washington, Mo. Featured speaker is Bridget VanMeans from THRIVE-St. Louis. Free event; all are welcome. RSVP by Oct. 16 to email@example.com.
November 4, Statewide - General election. Get out to vote.
November 15, Statewide - MRL Statewide Educational and Leadership Meeting. All are welcome. Details coming soon.