Legislative Update – January 17, 2014
Spotlight for the Week - Missouri Right to Life Priority Legislation Filed in the House
HB 1478 – Sponsored by Representative Kathryn Swan from Cape Girardeau, MO. With Rep. Swan and Speaker Tim Jones there are a total of 103 sponsor/cosponsors. We expect and hope that the number of cosponsors will grow to at least 109 or 110. We are working on the Senate bill and hope to have a bill number for you in next week’s lifeline.
HB 1478 is important pro-life legislation for the protection of women’s health care. This legislation will place in statute stricter inspection requirements and more accountability for abortion clinics. It will establish statutory requirements rather than relying solely on regulations for oversight of abortion clinics and will be less subject to the agenda of a particular agency or political party. Even though Missouri has regulatory requirements for clinic inspections, the most recent report on Planned Parenthood shows that these aren't being enforced thus putting women at risk.
Atrocities at abortion clinics in Pennsylvania and Texas and multiple violations of health requirements at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood facility where 23 ambulances have been called in the last 4 years, at least 8 of those occurring in 2013, illustrate the need for this legislation.
Speaker Tim Jones held a press conference on HB 1478, HB 1430 and other important pro-life priorities in Springfield on Thursday, January 16 at the Pregnancy Care Center. Dave Plemmons, MRL PAC Chairman and Cindi Boston, Director of the Pregnancy Care Center hosted the Speaker of the House as he spoke about important issues to the pro-life community. We thank the Speaker for his stand on these pro-life bills and his commitment to move pro-life legislation forward and help get it to the Governor’s desk.
Missouri’s Pro-Life Action Day
One of the most important events that you can plan for is to attend Pro-Life Lobby Day on Tuesday, March 11th at the Missouri State Capitol at 10:00 a.m. in Jefferson City, MO. Rally to begin at Noon on the 1st floor rotunda. Please print this flyer and invite people to lobby day: http://www.missouririghttolife.org/news/2014/lobbyday2014.pdf
As the budget moves through the process over the next 5 months, Missouri Right to Life will be looking to continue the funding for the Alternatives to Abortion Program. This important program provides funding for pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes. These programs help women in crisis pregnancies through difficult situations and help them choose life for their unborn babies.
We are also looking at ways to have more accountability for our federal tax dollars that are going to Planned Parenthood through the budget process.
Missouri Right to Life will also once again be seeking pro-life protections on the Department of Economic Development Budget Bill to ensure that public monies are not used to fund or subsidize human cloning or embryonic stem cell research.
Budget bills must be truly agreed and finally passed by the end of the day on May 9, 2014 this session.
Several Economic Development bills have been filed and our Missouri Right to Life Legislative team is reviewing the impact these bills will have on funding human cloning and embryonic stem cell research with our tax dollars and state monies. The Missouri Science Innovation and Reinvestment Act (MOSIRA) and the assignment of the Missouri Technology Corporation to grant state monies to any industry without pro-life protections will be a major focus to watch for in economic development legislation again this year. Missouri Right to Life seeks the pro-life protections of statute 196.1127 in economic development bills that open the door for public funding with state monies for human cloning and embryonic stem cell research.
Movement on Pro-Life Legislation: NOTE: Last Day of Session is Friday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m.
In the Missouri State Senate:
SB 519: Senator David Sater, Sponsor - Amends the current waiting period for having an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours – Second Read and Referred to Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, January 9
In the Missouri State House:
HB 1063: Representative Jeff Grisamore, Sponsor - Changes the laws regarding children and families and creates the Show Me Healthy Babies Program – Public Hearing Completed, January 14
We continue to review all Senate and House Bills that have been filed as they move through the process. We will report either support or opposition or a change of our position as the bills move through the process. We are looking at every aspect of each bill to determine the impact on pro-life issues that put innocent human lives at risk or have the opportunity to give protection.