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Missouri Family E-News

September 18, 2012

Pro-Life Democrats Stand Tall in Veto Override



Pro-life Democrats in the Missouri House of Representatives provided the crucial votes in overriding Governor Jay Nixon's veto of pro-life religious liberty legislation.


The Missouri Legislature voted to enact Senate Bill 749, despite the Governor's objections, during last week's veto session.  The bill, sponsored by Senator John Lamping of Clayton, is a state-level challenge to the Obama Administration's contraceptive and abortion drug mandate.


That mandate requires that all health insurance policies issued in the United States must include coverage for all "contraceptives" approved by the Food and Drug Administration.  Those "contraceptives" include drugs and devices that are designed to destroy developing embryos.


The Obama Administration's contraceptive mandate compels religious entities such as Catholic institutions and ministries to underwrite drugs and procedures that violate their religious doctrines.


Senate Bill 749 states that no employee can be required to purchase, nor can an employer be required to provide, insurance coverage that includes abortion, contraception, or sterilization, if it violates their religious beliefs.


The new law does not have the effect of exempting Missouri citizens and employers from complying with the federal mandate.  However, the law would provide religious freedom protection to Missouri citizens, corporations, and religious organizations if the contraceptive mandate is repealed, revoked, or withdrawn.


The Missouri Senate voted to override Nixon's veto by a vote of 26-6.  The House overrode the Governor's veto by a vote of 109-45, the exact vote needed for a two-thirds majority.


Seven pro-life Democrats voted to override, resisting pressure to sustain the veto of a Governor of their own party. The Democrats who stood firm in their pro-life convictions were Representatives Ron Casey, Joe Fallert, Ben Harris, Paul Quinn, Ed Schieffer, Tom Shively, and Terry Swinger.


Representative Schieffer deserves special accolades.  He made it to the State Capitol to cast his vote despite the fact he was in very weak condition, recovering from a staph infection following knee surgery.


Within hours of the veto, a lawsuit was filed claiming that the new law discriminates on the basis of sex and religion.  The legal challenge was filed by the Greater Kansas City Coalition of Labor Union Women and a female firefighter.


In the meantime, a Missouri college has joined numerous religious institutions and church ministries across the country in filing suit against the contraceptive and abortion drug mandate.


The College of the Ozarks filed suit yesterday in U.S. District Court in Springfield.  College President Jerry Davis noted that the suit was being filed on the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.


"The so-called Affordable Care Act is government at its worst," Davis said in a statement.  "This is not a partisan issue.  This is a constitutional issue, and the College wants its rights respected and enforced, instead of being trampled upon."


Below you will find the votes of Missouri State Senators and Representatives on the veto override on Senate Bill 749:


Senators voting to override Governor's veto:


Brown, Callahan, Cunningham, Dempsey, Dixon, Engler, Goodman, Kehoe, Kraus, Lager, Lamping, Lembke, Mayer, McKenna, Munzlinger, Nieves, Parson, Pearce, Purgason, Richard, Ridgeway, Rupp, Schaaf, Schmitt, Stouffer, and Wasson


Senators voting to sustain Governor's veto:


Chappelle-Nadal, Curls, Green, Justus, Keaveny, and Schaefer


Senators absent:


Crowell and Wright-Jones 



Representatives voting to override Governor's veto:


Representatives Allen, Asbury, Bahr, Barnes, Bernskoetter, Berry, Brandom, Brattin, Brown (Cloria), Brown (Wanda), Burlison, Casey, Cauthorn, Cierpiot, Conway (Kathie), Cookson, Cox, Crawford, Cross, Curtman, Davis, Day, Denison, Dieckhaus, Diehl, Dugger, Elmer, Entlicher, Fallert, Fisher, Fitzwater, Flanigan, Fraker, Franklin, Frederick, Fuhr, Funderburk, Gatschenberger, Gosen, Grisamore, Guernsey, Haefner, Hampton, Harris, Higdon, Hinson, Hoskins, Hough, Houghton, Johnson, Jones (Caleb), Jones (Tim), Keeney, Kelley (Mike), Klippenstein, Koenig, Korman, Lair, Lant, Lasater, Lauer, Leach, Leara, Lichtenegger, Loehner, Long, Marshall, McCaherty, McGhee, McNary, Molendorp, Nance, Neth, Nolte, Parkinson, Phillips, Pollock, Quinn, Redmon, Reiboldt, Richardson, Riddle, Rowland, Ruzicka, Sater, Schad, Scharnhorst, Schatz, Schieber, Schieffer, Schneider, Schoeller, Shively, Shumake, Silvey, Smith (Jason), Solon, Sommer, Stream, Swinger, Thomson, Torpey, Wallingford, Wells, White, Wieland, Wright, Wyatt, and Zerr


Representatives voting to sustain Governor's veto:


Anders, Aull, Black, Carlson, Carter, Colona, Conway (Pat), Ellinger, Ellington, Hodges, Holsman, Hubbard, Hummel, Jones (Tishaura), Kander, Kelly (Chris), Kirkton, Kratky, Lampe, May, McCann Beatty, McCreery, McDonald, McManus, McNeil, Montecillo, Morgan, Nasheed, Newman, Nichols, Oxford, Pace, Pierson, Rizzo, Schupp, Sifton, Smith (Clem), Spreng, Still, Swearingen, Talboy, Taylor, Walton Gray, Webb, and Webber


Representatives Absent:


Atkins, Brown (Michael), Franz, Hughes, Largent, McGeoghegan, and Meadows             


"Hero" Security Guard Recovering After Shooting at FRC



A security guard who was shot by a left-wing ideologue while on duty at the Family Research Council is recuperating at home from his injuries.  Leo Johnson, who was shot in the arm on August 15th when he confronted the gunman at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C, is said to be making progress in a slow but steady recovery.


Floyd Leo Corkins II was arrested in the shooting, and is being held without bond until a court appearance on October 1st.  Corkins has been charged with assault with intent to kill while armed, possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, and interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition.


Police say that Corkins entered the FRC offices armed with a 9mm pistol and 50 rounds of ammunition.  Corkins allegedly pulled his gun from his backpack, and aimed the weapon at the front-desk security guard, saying "I don't like your politics."  Corkins then reportedly opened fire on Johnson, striking him in the arm.  Despite being shot, Johnson was able to subdue and disarm the gunman with the help of other security personnel.


Corkins allegedly pleaded not to be shot, saying, "It is not about you, it is what this place stands for."  Corkins reportedly had been volunteering the last several months at the D.C. Center for LGBT Community.  He was carrying 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches.  Chick-fil-A has been the focus of the ire of the homosexual community because of CEO Dan Cathy's public defense of traditional marriage.


Law enforcement officials quickly praised Johnson as a hero for his actions in defusing what could have been a deadly rampage.  Johnson said about the episode:  "Although I didn't want to get shot...I feel that God put me in a position to be there at that time."  He later joked in the hospital:  "This hero business is hard work."


Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, said the incident should be treated as an act of domestic terrorism.  "Terrorism is designed to intimidate people and make them fearful.  That is what they tried to do here at FRC and by extension to traditional value supporters and Christians across the nation."


"But I want to tell you it's not going to work," Perkins added.  "We're not going anywhere.  We're more committed than we were yesterday to defending and advancing faith, family, and freedom here in our nation's capital."


Perkins accused the Southern Poverty Law Center of inciting malevolence against the Family Research Council.   SPLC has labeled the Family Research Council as a "hate group" because of the organization's defense of traditional marriage and opposition to the homosexual agenda.  The SPLC has listed FRC on its website as a "hate group" alongside photos of groups like the Ku Klux Klan and the Aryan Brotherhood.  The Missouri Family Policy Council has also been lumped into that category by virtue of our association with FRC.


"The SPLC has repeatedly and consistently demonized FRC," Perkins charged.  "They have spent years stirring up anger in the homosexual community and directing that anger towards us.  Our only crime is promoting and defending the classic American values of faith, family, and freedom."


LifeNews points out that Planned Parenthood has listed the Family Research Council as a "terrorist group" on their website in the past.  Planned Parenthood included FRC, Focus on the Family, Concerned Women for America, and Eagle Forum in their list of "Terrorists and Extremist Organizations."


Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family, denounced the shooting.  "Indications are that FRC was targeted for its biblical views on social-policy issues.  That is a chilling thought.  No person or group of any ideological stripe should have to fear physical violence for passionately articulating their deeply held convictions in the realm of public policy."


Sadly, the attack on the Family Research Council is not an isolated example of the hostility directed at Christian public policy organizations.  Last month a Connecticut homosexual activist plead guilty to harassing the executive director of the Family Institute of Connecticut, a sister organization to the Missouri Family Policy Council.


Daniel Sarno was charged with sending approximately 300 threatening messages to Peter Wolfgang, including a series of death threats.  One message read:  "No mercy for homophobes.  I suggest you make your funeral arrangements real soon, Mr. Wolfgang."  Another read:  "I sure hope somebody blows you away.  Yer dead."  Sarno plead guilty to two counts of mailing threatening material, and faces a maximum of up to ten years in prison and $500,000 in fines.  


In June of this year, pro-abortion activists vandalized the home of Personhood USA President Keith Mason in Denver.  A rock was thrown through the front door of the family's home at 1:30 in the morning, scattering glass throughout their living room, with shards of glass covering their children's toys as well as baby items for a child Mason's wife was carrying at the time.  The home was further spraypainted with obscenities and bloody images of coat hangars.   Personhood USA is lobbying for laws that would define legal personhood as beginning at the moment of conception.


Years ago, in 1994, Focus on the Family was the site of a hostage showdown at its headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  A man walked into the building with a handgun, wearing a vest he said contained explosives.  The gunman, Kerry Dore, took two females hostage.  When two male security guards at Focus offered to substitute themselves for the women, Dore took them hostage as well.  Dore eventually gave himself up and was sentenced to prison for 32 years for kidnapping.


We ask for your prayers for Leo Johnson, who faces additional surgery and continuing therapy.  He is receiving an award at the annual Values Voter Summit for his heroic actions.  Please be also praying for the safety of all those who have the commitment and courage to work for organizations in our nation that advocate for Biblical principles in public policy. 



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