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The 2020 legislative session kicked off at noon on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. The week began with two prayer breakfasts and the ceremonial start of the Second Regular Session of the 100th General Assembly in Jefferson City. 

Continue to pray for our elected officials in the State House and in Washington as they begin their important work for this new year. Pray for the passage of pro-life legislation to protect innocent human lives at every stage of development whether at the beginning of life or in end of life decisions. 

At this time there have been 321 bills and 30 various resolutions filed in the Senate. And, there have been 822 bills and 54 various resolutions filed in the House.
 
Your Missouri Right to Life Legislative Team is working with legislators on pro-life bills. We continue to review all bills filed and will be reporting weekly in our lifeline on bills that have either a positive or negative impact on our ability to protect innocent human lives at every stage of development. 

The best way to stay involved and up to date on pro-life legislation is to join:

Our pro-life communication network at: 

Our Lifeline Pro-Life News network for weekly updates at:

Click here for the full update.

Mark your calendars: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 is Show-Me Pro-Life Action Day.  Click here for more information.
Seats are still available for the Missouri Live Caravan. Buses pick up from several spots throughout the St. Louis area on Thursday, January 23 through Saturday, January 25. More information and registration can be found here: http://www.MissouriLifeCaravan.org

In Sedalia, the bus will leave 9am on January 22, return on Jan. 24. One night stay in DC. Contact Carol at 620-1590 or Bonnie 620-4773.
Life Links
Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel Confirms: 1972 ERA is Dead and Congress can’t revive it

Link - The Office of Legal Counsel of the Department of Justice issued a 38-page opinion holding that the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) has been dead for 40 years, and that no subsequent action by state legislatures or Congress can resurrect it.
2018-2019 Planned Parenthood Annual Report: More Abortions Than Ever

Link - In its just published 2018-2019 Annual Report, Planned Parenthood reports performing 345,672 abortions for 2018, the most the organization has ever reported.
Trump-Administration Rule Requires Obamacare Insurers to Bill for Abortion Separately

Link - At the end of last year, the Trump administration finalized a rule intended to enforce a provision of the Affordable Care Act, requiring that insurers offering health-care plans under Obamacare collect payments for elective abortion separately from other payments.
New Poll Understates Public Opposition to Abortion

Link - The wording used in the poll likely understates support for the pro-life position, because respondents who favor legal protection for all unborn children with no exceptions easily might have offered a negative response to this question based on the way it was phrased.
Scalise Leads Over 200 Members to File Amicus Brief Supporting Louisiana’s Pro-Life Law

Link 1, Link 2 - House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Senator John Kennedy (R-La.), Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Congressman Mike Johnson (R-La.) led 207 Members of Congress in filing an amicus brief to stand up for Louisiana’s pro-life law before the U.S. Supreme Court that would require all abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals when emergencies arise.
Pregnant Actress Shouts Her Abortion at Golden Globes, Tells Women to Vote in 'Self-Interest'

Link 1, Link 2 - After host Ricky Gervais admonished the Golden Globes winners Sunday night not to bring up politics in their acceptance speeches because they "know nothing about the real world," actress Michelle Williams did just that with a two minute long screed supporting abortion while accepting the award for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for TV.
Euthanasia Pushed As ‘Boon’ to Organ Donation

Link - The clear message being sent to suicidal ill and disabled Canadians — with the active support of the organ transplant community — is that their deaths can have greater value to Canada than their lives. 
‘I want to stay alive’: 91-year-old mother in legal fight to stay on life-support in US hospital 

Link - Video captured of the woman clearly shows her saying 'I want to live.'
Pro-Life Around the State
MRL Eastern Region has copies of Abby Johnson’s presentation at the 43rd Annual Respect Life Convention, October 13, in St. Louis. They also have copies of the movies Gosnell and Unplanned. If anyone would like to arrange a showing in their chapter or church group, please contact mrl.eastern@yahoo.com.
January 11 - Manchester - Naming & Commendation for families whose child died before birth, for any reason, whether due to miscarriage, accident, still birth, or abortion. Will start right after the 8 a.m. Mass at Christ Prince of Peace Parish. To RSVP or for more information about the event, please contact Val Kreigel at 636-391-6289.

January 18 - St. Louis - Annual Roe v. Wade Memorial Mass & Prayer Vigil, 10 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis & Boland Hall. Click here for more information.

January 22 - Sedalia - Pro-life Memorial at the Pettis County Courthouse. MRL Executive Director, Susan Klein will be guest speaker. Click here for more information.

January 23 - St. Louis - Young adult holy hour at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Dinner and fellowship start in Boland Hall at 6 p.m. followed by Adoration, the Rosary, and an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Email stlya@archstl.org or call 314-792-7555 for more information.

February 1 - Jefferson City - 2020 MidWest March for Life at the Missouri State Capitol. MRL Executive Director Susan Klein will be a guest speaker. Click here for more information.

 

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