This isn't the first pro-life law on the books in Missouri thanks to Senator Sater's pro-life leadership. The "Senator from Barry" sponsored the current statute that protects the conscience rights of pharmacy owners in Missouri.
Under the law, pharmacy operators cannot be required to stock or dispense drugs that violate their religious beliefs. The law frees pro-life pharmacy owners from any involvement with the distribution of abortifacient drugs. Senator Sater knows a little bit about this issue. He is a licensed pharmacist who operated Sater Pharmacy in Barry County for nearly thirty years.
Senator Sater and his wife, Sharon, have had a longtime commitment to the pro-life movement. They were the co-founders of the Pregnancy Resource Center in Aurora, where Sharon has worked many volunteer hours. They are members of First Baptist Church of Cassville.
Senator Sater is serving his first term in the Missouri Senate representing the 29th District, which includes Barry, Lawrence, McDonald, Stone, and Taney counties. He had previously served four terms in the Missouri House. The Senator is known for his gentlemanly demeanor and his kindly manner in an environment where civility is often in short supply.
Tucker Jobes, chief of staff to Senator Sater, says he admires the Senator's selfless approach to public service. "He really cares about the people he represents. He truly wants to make Missouri a better place to live and raise a family. He always has a genuine interest in doing the right thing." The Missouri Family Policy Council commends Senator Sater for his valiant and heartfelt pro-life leadership, and we are proud to recognize him as Missouri's "Family Champion" for the year 2014
As the year comes to a close, several pro-life and pro-family legislators will be leaving the Missouri General Assembly as a result of term limits. One of the most notable is current House Speaker Tim Jones
Representative Jones was an ardent proponent of the pro-life cause, and was one of the most articulate and persuasive spokesmen for the sanctity of human life who has ever served in the General Assembly. Under his leadership as House Speaker and House Majority
Leader, pro-life objectives received priority attention in the Missouri House.
Speaker Jones sponsored the law which is now in effect in Missouri which bans most late-term abortions. He has been a huge champion of legislation protecting the conscience rights of medical professionals and religious-based health care institutions. His passionate and skillful efforts on behalf of pro-family concerns will be greatly missed.
We are grateful for all our departing legislators, and pray that God will bless them and their families as they continue their service to their communities. We particularly want to mention Representative Kevin Elmer of Nixa, who sponsored the companion version of Senator Sater's waiting period bill that ultimately became law.
We are most grateful as well to you and the many families across Missouri who are supporters of the Missouri Family Policy Council. May you be blessed in many ways during the year 2015.