Citizens for Life
Missouri Right to Life (MRL) is our state’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Organized in 1974 in response to the outcry over legalization of abortion in the U.S., MRL works to:
- Educate citizens about pro-life issues
- Pass legislation that promotes and defends the sanctity of innocent human life from the inception of biological development through natural death
- Organize and promote effective witness among its members across the state
- Maintain Political Action Committees dedicated to electing representatives who share our mission and will work to pass pro-life laws
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Missouri Supreme Court Decision Will Force Missouri
Citizens to Pay for Abortions Through Medicaid Funding
July 1, 2020
The following statement can be attributed to Gerard Nieters, Legislative Director of Missouri Right to Life:
The Missouri Supreme Court decision in Planned Parenthood v. Department of Social Services is yet another case of liberal activist judges substituting their opinion for that of the legislature.
The Missouri legislature clearly stated in its 2019 appropriations bill that its Medicaid Family Planning funds not be paid to abortion providers or its affiliates. But the court claimed that the prohibition of the payment of funds to Planned Parenthood and its affiliates was unconstitutional. Thus, Missourian’s tax dollars will continue to indirectly fund abortions via Family Planning payments.
Coming on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down Louisiana’s law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital in order to protect the health of women who have an abortion, the pro-life community is doubly disappointed.
Missouri Right to Life will continue to work with the Missouri legislature to insure that future Missouri moneys not be paid to abortion providers. Be assured that we will continue the fight to protect the lives of unborn babies and the health of their mothers.July
MRL Opposes Research for Vaccines With No Pro-Life Boundaries
Missouri Right to Life supports finding a vaccine for COVID-19 (or other vaccines) through ethical research that does not include tissue from aborted babies or embryonic stem cell research.
We encourage our state and national leaders to support ethical research as they work to find a vaccine for the corona virus (COVID-19). The goal is saving and protecting lives at every step of the process for everyone.
It is important that all industries, but especially medical, scientific, and pharmaceutical industries, adhere to ethical guidelines that protect life at all stages and in all conditions. An open-ended invitation to subsidize any and all research can lead to shortcuts and abuses that do not uphold the best interests of medicine or the citizens whom medical research should serve. A few potential examples are trafficking in aborted fetal organs and tissues supposedly for drug testing or study of viruses and vaccines, as well as altered abortion procedures and timing to procure desired particular gestational age organs, creation and destruction of human embryos by fertilization, cloning (somatic cell nuclear transfer), and other techniques, for study of the embryos directly as well as to harvest cells for development of cell lines, for toxicology and teratology studies, as well as vaccine and drug development and testing. Moreover, there is no necessity for creation or use of embryos, embryonic stem cells, fetal tissue and organs, or fetal cell lines. Numerous ethical alternatives already exist, modern and in many cases already proven. Ethically guided science and medicine is actually the best investment for success.
- Margaret Ward, State Farm Insurance, Sedalia
- Craig and Regina Eufinger and Family
- Culligan Water Conditioning, Sedalia
- Mrs. Irma Linsenbardet
- Becca’s Framing, Sedalia
- Gerald and Delores Wolf
- The Van Leer Family
- Ruban and Patricia Twenter
- Valerie Bloess, State Farm Ins.