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September 17, 2014

 
Vote Count
on Abortion Waiting Period Law   


State Representatives voting YES to enact SCS for House Bills 1307 and 1313:

Representatives Allen, Anderson, Austin, Bahr, Barnes, Bernskoetter, Berry, Black, Brattin, Brown, Burlison, Conway (Kathie), Conway (Pat), Cookson, Cox, Crawford, Cross, Curtman, Davis, Diehl, Dohrman, Dugger, Elmer, Engler, English, Entlicher, Fitzpatrick, Fitzwater, Flanigan, Fraker, Franklin, Frederick, Funderburk, Gannon, Gosen, Green, Grisamore, Guernsey, Haahr, Haefner, Hampton, Hansen, Harris, Hicks, Higdon, Hinson, Hoskins, Hough, Houghton, Hubrecht, Hurst, Johnson, Jones (Caleb), Jones (Tim), Justus, Keeney, Kelley, Koenig, Kolkmeyer, Korman, Lair, Lant, Lauer, Leara, Lichtenegger, Love, Lynch, Marshall, McCaherty, McGaugh, McKenna, Messenger, Miller, Moon, Morris, Muntzel, Neely, Neth, Parkinson, Pfautsch, Phillips, Pike, Pogue, Redmon, Rehder, Rieboldt, Remole, Rhoads, Richardson, Riddle, Roorda, Ross, Rowden, Rowland, Runions, Scharnhorst, Schatz, Schieber, Schieffer, Shull, Shumake, Sisco, Solon, Sommer, Spencer, Stream, Swan, Thomson, Torpey, Walker, White, Wieland, Wilson, Wood, and Zerr

State Representatives voting NO on SCS for HBs 1307 and 1313:

Anders, Burns, Butler, Carpenter, Colona, Curtis, Dunn, Ellington, Englund, Frame, Gardner, Gatschenberger, Hodges, Hubbard, Hummel, Kelly, Kirkton, Kratky, LaFaver, May, Mayfield, McCann Beatty, McDonald, McManus, McNeil, Meredith, Mims, Mitten, Molendorp, Montecillo, Morgan, Newman, Nichols, Norr, Otto, Pace, Peters, Pierson, Rizzo, Schupp, Swearingen, Walton Gray, Webber, Wright

State Senators voting YES on SCS for HBs 1307 and 1313:

Brown, Cunningham, Dempsey, Dixon, Emery, Kehoe, Kraus, Lager, Lamping, Libla, Munzlinger, Nieves, Parson, Pearce, Richard, Romine, Sater, Schaaf, Schaefer, Schmitt, Silvey, Wallingford, and Wasson

State Senators voting NO on SCS for HBs 1307 and 1313:

Curls, Holsman, Justus, LeVota, Nasheed, Sifton, and Walsh

State Senators absent with leave:

Chappelle-Nadal, Keaveny       

  

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Missouri Legislature Enacts Abortion
Waiting Period Bill


The assembly-line fashion in which preborn children are destroyed at Missouri's leading abortion clinic will soon come to an end, thanks to action last week by the Missouri General Assembly.  The Missouri Legislature voted to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto of legislation which will extend the waiting period for an abortion in Missouri from 24 to 72 hours.

The Missouri House voted to enact the new law "the objections of the Governor notwithstanding" by a vote of 117-44.  The Missouri Senate followed suit by a similarly decisive vote of 23-7.  The new law takes effect thirty days after its enactment, which occurred on September 10th. 

The key to adoption of the new law was a rare move by Senate leaders to shut down a filibuster by pro-abortion senators during the veto session.  The Senate voted 21-9 to adopt a previous question motion, suspending debate and bringing the issue to a vote.  While the Missouri House regularly uses the previous question motion, it is rarely invoked in the Senate. 

Senate tradition in Missouri empowers each individual member with the ability to filibuster a bill indefinitely.  The last time the Senate used the previous question motion was in 2007.  In this instance, many senators felt that an agreement had already been reached during the regular session in which priorities of the majority party had been abandoned in return for passage of the waiting period bill.

Senator David Sater of Cassville initiated the legislation to expand the abortion waiting period.  He praised the Legislature's resolve to safeguard the health and welfare of women and children.  "In Missouri, we believe life is worth protecting, and today's vote sends a clear message that Missouri intends to defend those who cannot defend themselves."

"Another 48 hours could very well be the difference between a life saved and a life ended," Sater added.  "Knowing that a life is at stake, this is the least we can do for these children.  Since Roe v. Wade, over 52 million children have been aborted in the United States.  When are we going to say enough is enough and do the right thing?"
State Representative Kevin Elmer of Nixa was the chief sponsor of the House bill that ultimately became law.  Representative Keith Frederick of Rolla filed identical legislation.  Representative Elmer urged consideration for the plight of a woman facing an unexpected pregnancy.

"It's an emotional period.  This provides an opportunity to let the mother and those she may consult among her family and friends to have more time to consider the severity of the decision that she's about to embark upon where she terminates the life of that child.  We are not denying the mother her rights, but simply asking her to give more thought before making a decision she may later regret."

Considerable credit goes to Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey and Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard for bringing the high-profile drama surrounding this bill to a head.  Both Senate leaders acted to defy Senate tradition to ensure passage of this landmark pro-life legislation.

"We have a duty to protect the lives of the unborn and to provide help to any woman who finds herself in such a desperate situation," Dempsey said.  "The extended waiting period called for in this bill affords women struggling with difficult circumstances the time they need to access pregnancy resource centers and consider alternatives to abortion, such as adoption."

Combined with the informed consent law adopted by the Legislature in 2010, the 72-hour reflection period law provides Missouri with the most effective pro-life statutes in the country governing the decision to secure an abortion.  Under previous Missouri law, abortion clinics were prohibited from performing abortions on women until 24 hours after they have first visited the abortion facility.

At that time, women are provided with a packet prepared by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services which offers information about the humanity of the unborn child, including illustrations of the development of the child at various stages of gestation.  Women must be offered the opportunity to view an ultrasound of the child, and to hear the heartbeat of the child if it is audible. 

The packet also explains the nature of various abortion procedures, and the risks to the woman's physical and mental health.  Information is supplied regarding alternatives to abortion agencies, including their addresses and phone numbers.  The woman is also advised of government programs which will assist her with prenatal and newborn care.

The purpose of the extended waiting period bill is to ensure that the woman has sufficient time to consider and reflect on the substantial amount of information she has been provided.  The additional 48 hours also guarantees that the decision the woman is making is truly her own, and not the result of coercion from other parties who would benefit from the "termination" of her pregnancy.

Women are often under intense pressure from boyfriends, parents, and other family members to make a hasty decision to secure a quick abortion.  Sexual predators and perpetrators of statutory rape are eager to erase the evidence of their crime.

Missouri has only one remaining abortion clinic, the Reproductive Health Services facility operated by Planned Parenthood in the Central West End in the city of St. Louis.  Paula Gianino, the CEO of Planned Parenthood, has already given indication that they are reluctant to file a legal challenge to the new law.

The reason for that is that it is likely that the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals would uphold the law, establishing a national precedent that would be a major setback to the pro-abortion movement.  Planned Parenthood filed suit against a similar law in South Dakota, but then withdrew the suit to avoid such a precedent.  The state of Utah has also enacted a 72-hour law, which has never been legally challenged.

The Missouri Family Policy Council played a leading role in working with bill sponsors and legislative leaders to win passage of the bill during the regular session, and to obtain a successful override of Governor Nixon's veto during the veto session.  We commend the many pro-life legislators from both political parties who voted for the override and made passionate speeches on behalf of the bill.

The enactment of the 72-hour law is a momentous victory for unborn children and the sanctity of human life.  With the adoption of this new law, Missouri has once again moved to the forefront of pioneering meaningful pro-life legislation in our country. 

In the sidebar you will find a listing of how your state representative and state senator voted on the abortion waiting period law.  Praise God for such a glorious victory for His precious children.

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