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Missouri Lifeline 5/13/16
Legislative Update 

May 13, 2016: 
  
2016 Legislative Session Comes to a Close
Bill to prevent the sale of aborted babies fails to pass the Senate
 
While the House passed multiple pro-life bills, the Senate chose not to pass what the House sent over to them.

HB 2069, a substantive bill ensuring that babies' bodies and body parts from abortion are not being sold for profit was never taken up for discussion. HB 2069 passed the House with a bi-partisan veto proof majority of a 120 votes. There is no reason for the Senate not to have sent HB 2069 to the Governor.
 
We are grateful for the work of the House and Senate Appropriation committees for funding positive pro-life programs passed in previous years (see below). These programs are changing hearts and minds. But, if the legislators want to stop the killing of babies in abortion clinics, they MUST also pass legislation regulating abortion. The laws we are relying on right now in all the attacks from Planned Parenthood and the courts are because legislators stood up and passed laws regulating the abortion industry.
 
Why, with a pro-life super-majority, has the Missouri senate not passed important pro-life legislation? Missouri Right to Life has long believed that the abortion industry and the research industry are intrinsically connected. Missouri Right to Life has also made it clear that there should be a distinction between ethical and unethical research when working on public policies and funding. 
 
While pro-lifers support passage of funding for good pro-life programs, defunding $380,000 from Planned Parenthood from our state budget and continuing further investigations of Planned Parenthood, we stand unified in the belief that significant pro-life legislation regulating the abortion industry and prohibiting the sale of baby body parts must be passed. Until we can stop the killing of these innocent babies at the earliest stages of development from abortion or research, we must pass substantive legislation regulating these industries. Missouri Right to Life looks forward to working with the House and the Senate to pass substantive pro-life legislation in the years to come.
 
Budget Bills With Pro-Life Provisions:
 
Alternative to Abortion Funding

Maintained pro-life protective language on Dept. of Economic Development bill to prevent public mon­ies from being used for research on aborted babies, embryos, and human clon­ing.

For the purpose of provid­ing expansion of courier services for delivery of cord blood to the St. Louis Cord Blood Bank at SSM Cardi­nal Glennon Hospital.

Show-Me Healthy Babies Program Funding.

Family planning dollars in the state budget ($380,000) will now be funded by the state and not the federal government. These monies can be used for family plan­ning provided that none of the funds appropriated may be expended to directly or indirectly subsidize abortion services or procedures or administrative functions and none of the funds appropri­ated may be paid or granted to an organization that pro­vides abortion services.

Better Health Care for Women that does not in­clude abortion!
Senate Majority Leaders Urge the Attorney General to Appeal Controversial Planned Parenthood Ruling
Senate leaders respond to a controversial opinion handed down by federal district Judge Nanette Laughrey that prevents the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services from revoking the license of Planned Parenthood in Columbia to perform on-site surgical abortions after the department found they were not in compliance with state law...read more
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signs dismemberment abortion bill
This week Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) signed into law the groundbreaking Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act...read more.

Rep. Tila Hubrecht filed the ban of dismemberment abortions (HB 1714) in the state of Missouri, but it did not come up for a vote this legislative session. 
When Zika hits, a push for birth control and abortion?
There's little doubt: Zika is coming to the continental United States, bringing frightening birth defects - and, most likely, there will be a big push for birth control and abortion...read more.
Dutch euthanasia cases up by 4%
According to the latest statistics released by the government, in 2015 there were 147,010 deaths in the country. Of these 5,516 were reported to be euthanasia or assisted suicide (only 208 cases)...read more .
The True Face Of Assisted Suicide
"Compassion and Choices" presents its agenda as a boon to autonomous people who live life on their own terms and want to exit life the same way to avoid intractable pain. The usual reality is different...read more
Leader of Pro-Life Women's Group Says Pro-Life Voters Should Support Trump
Marjorie Dannenfelser, the head of the pro-life women's group Susan B. Anthony List, wasn't always in Donald Trump's corner. Earlier this year, she urged Republican primary election voters not to support the businessman for president...read more.
National Right to Life News 
The May issue of the the National Right to Life News is available online...read more.
Pro-Life Around the State
 
May 14 - Kansas City - Sidewalk counselor training, 9:00 am - noon. Email 40daysforlifekc@gmail.com for more information.

May 17 - Jefferson City - Franklin Graham will be coming to Missouri for the America Decision Tour to lead prayer at the Capitol Steps for our state and nation.

May 20 - St. Louis - Pathology Services picket, 4-6 pm. For more information visit stl-defenders.com.

May 21 - St. Louis - Prayer Procession: Join God's Precious Infants and St. Louis Archdiocese prayer walk. Mass at 8:00 a.m.at the Cathedral on LIndell Blvd., followed by a procession to Planned Parenthood.

June 10 - St. Louis - Komen Race for the Cure picket from 4-6 pm at the entrance on Bales. For more information visit stl-defenders.com. 
 
June 18 - Jefferson City - Save the date! MRL Statewide Meeting, 10 am at Pleus Hall, 1208 E. McCarty St. Lunch will be provided. Guest speaker will be James Harris.

June 25 - St. Louis - Sidewalk counseling seminar, 13610 Barrett Office Dr. Manchester, MO 63021 beginning at 12:00 noon. 
 
Unborn children need your help. Help us save babies and end abortion with a generous donation to Missouri Right to Life today.

 

 

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