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Court has Common Sense Ruling on Common Sense Health and Safety Regulations Regarding Abortion Inducing Drugs

The Following Statement is from Steve Rupp, MRL President:

Missouri Right to Life worked aggressively during the regular and special session to enact SB 5 to protect women and reduce the numbers of abortion. We are very pleased with the court’s decision that these common sense regulations will stay in effect and do not create an unconstitutional burden on women.

In the July 2017 Special Legislative Session the Missouri Legislature passed SB 5, which included in its language the requirement for a complication plan to be filed with the Department of Health and Senior Services before medication abortions can be performed in an abortion clinic. This is common sense health and safety legislation to ensure that a woman has a contact person that she can go to when there are complications from her abortion.

Late Monday, U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips denied Planned Parenthood’s motion of a preliminary injunction in its lawsuit against SB 5, (and particularly section 188.021) and regulations (19 CSR 30-30.050 through 19 CSR 30-30.070,) and particularly “19 CSR 30-30.061.”

Use of the abortion pill, RU 486 isn’t safe or easy. Heavy bleeding, nausea, vomiting, and painful uterine contractions are common features of a process TIME magazine calls “painful, messy, and protracted.”About 2% hemorrhage and more than 1 in a 100 require hospitalization. An Iowa woman took RU486 and lost nearly 3/4 of her blood and likely would have died without emergency surgery.

In Missouri, in 2016 (the most recent statistics available) 2,931 medical abortions were performed. On average, use of medical abortion in Missouri would have resulted in over 58 women suffering from hemorrhage and more than 29 women needing hospital admittance.

In addition, for 4-5% of women, the pills don’t work, making them return for surgical abortions. With statistics like these, it is easy to see why the Missouri legislature felt the need to protect Missouri women with the required complication reports.

For sources on these statistics go to:

Abortion takes the life of a child and changes the woman’s life forever. The failure of abortion providers to be able to provide post-abortion care after such a serious invasive procedure is a clear sign that they are out of touch with the health and safety needs of women who walk into these abortion clinics.

We thank the legislators who voted to support the common sense health and safety requirements of SB 5 and for our pro-life Attorney General Josh Hawley and his staff who have defended these common sense health and safety requirements.

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