The Missouri Legislature has put the skids on the prospect of fetal tissue trafficking in our state as a result of legislation signed into law by Governor Eric Greitens. The bill enacted by the General Assembly was an omnibus pro-life bill touching on a number of subjects which received final approval in the Senate last week.
The Legislature endorsed the sweeping measure in response to a rare special session called by Governor Greitens to specifically address several legislative priorities of the pro-life movement. The Senate gave final passage to the bill by a vote of 22-9 after adopting stronger pro-life language approved by the House. The Senate truly agreed to the final product after voting in rare fashion to shut down a filibuster by pro-abortion senators.
One of the leading provisions of the omnibus bill is language which overhauls the state’s regulations governing the disposal of the remains of preborn children who have been aborted. Under previous Missouri law, an abortion clinic was required to submit a representative sample of tissue removed at the time of the abortion to a certified pathologist.
The newly enacted law mandates that all fetal tissue resulting from an abortion must be forwarded to a board eligible pathologist for examination within five days. The pathologist must then verify that the tissue submitted reveals evidence of a completed abortion. A report must then be filed with state health officials reflecting the conclusions of the pathologist’s examination.
The subject of fetal tissue disposal has become an ugly centerpiece of the barbaric business model of the abortion industry in America today. Not only are abortionists murdering unborn children in merciless fashion, but they are meticulously performing late-term abortions in a way that preserves intact the brains and vital organs of the dismembered child.
A series of revolting national undercover videos revealed that employees and contractors of Planned Parenthood clinics have been engaged in the marketing and sale of vital organs and fetal tissue in violation of federal law. The videos recorded Planned Parenthood officials discussing how to leave vital organs undamaged during the abortion procedure, and how to maximize their profits from the sale of fetal tissue “specimens.”
The grisly black market business of baby body parts took on a disturbing local angle with the release of the very first video by a group called the Center for Medical Progress. In that segment, the national senior medical director for Planned Parenthood said that the St. Louis area was an “untapped supplier” for marketable fetal tissue from abortions. That “untapped supplier” is undoubtedly the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis, Barnes Hospital, or the Washington University Medical Center, or all of them working in concert.
As a result of the law soon to be on the books in Missouri, abortion clinics in our state will no longer be able to retain any of the fetal remains of an unborn child for harvesting and sale to unscrupulous medical research firms. Pathologists doing business with Planned Parenthood and the like will now be liable for certifying that the body parts of an aborted child are accounted for.
State Senator Bob Onder of Lake St. Louis and Representative Diane Franklin of Camdenton have been the state legislators spearheading action by the General Assembly on the fetal tissue issue. The internal impetus for legislative action were two investigative committees which met in 2015 and 2016 chaired by Representative Franklin and by former Senator Kurt Schaefer of Columbia.
The final bill signed by the Governor, House Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 5, contains a number of other issues which we will detail in future editions of the Jeff City Update.
Here is the roll call recording how state senators voted on the omnibus pro-life bill:
Senators voting for HCS for Senate Bill 5:
Senators Brown, Cunningham, Dixon, Eigel, Emery, Hegeman, Hoskins, Kehoe, Koenig, Kraus, Libla, Munzlinger, Onder, Richard, Riddle, Romine, Rowden, Sater, Schatz, Wallingford, Wasson, and Wieland.
Senators voting against HCS SB 5:
Curls, Holsman, Hummel, Nasheed, Rizzo, Schupp, Sifton, Silvey, and Walsh
Senators absent or absent with leave: