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December 15, 2015

Senator Seeks Ban of Down Syndrome Abortions     

A Missouri State Senator has filed legislation for the coming year which would ban the performance of abortions based on a diagnosis of Down Syndrome.

The proposal, Senate Bill 802, has been filed by Senator David Sater of Cassville. 

The bill states that no person can perform or induce an abortion if they know that it is being sought solely because of a prenatal diagnosis, test, or screening indicating the potential of Down Syndrome.

The legislation would also require that any physician performing an abortion must certify that he or she is not inducing the abortion for that reason.

A doctor who performed an abortion on a Down Syndrome child would be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor, and would be subject to revocation of their license to practice medicine.

"Up to 90% of Down Syndrome babies in the womb are being aborted in the U.S.," says Senator Sater.  I think it is discriminatory and inhumane."

"Just because someone has an abnormality, I don't think that is a good reason to have an abortion.  Everyone deserves life, not just those children who some see as 'perfect'." the Senator added.

A group of medical analysts conducted a review in 2012 of all available research studies on the subject.  It found that between 60 and 90 percent of pregnancies were "terminated" when the preborn child had a diagnosis of Down Syndrome.

"More and more, society is embracing empathy and understanding of our most vulnerable and those with disabilities," Senator Sater observed.  "Shouldn't that extend to all life, starting with children in the womb?"

North Dakota currently has a law on the books that prohibits abortions based on "fetal genetic anomalies," including Down Syndrome.

Charmaine Yoest, President of Americans United for Life, has praised proposals like that of Senator Sater.

"A civil society does not discriminate against people--born or unborn--for their sex or their disability.  We've seen dramatic abortion rates for children with disabilities which put them at risk for extinction.  We should be celebrating diversity, not destroying it."

Senator Sater was the initial sponsor of successful pro-life legislation in 2014 that extended the waiting period for an abortion from 24 to 72 hours.  Senator Sater was honored by the Missouri Family Policy Council as the 2014 Missouri Family Champion for his efforts.

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Legislation Filed to
Curb Trafficking in
Baby Body Parts
Legislation has been introduced for the coming session of the Missouri General Assembly which would prevent abortion clinics from trafficking in the body parts of unborn children.  The proposal, Senate Bill 644, has been sponsored by Senator Bob Onder of Lake St. Louis.

The issue of the disposal of the remains of aborted children has become a national controversy over the past year.  Undercover videos recorded by a group called The Center for Medical Progress revealed Planned Parenthood employees bartering the transfer and sale of the internal organs and body parts of aborted preborn children.

The revelations have prompted so much national outrage that there has been a serious effort in the U.S. Congress to ban federal funding to Planned Parenthood affiliates.  The grisly videos have pulled the mask off the ugly and insidious business practices of Planned Parenthood, and revived longstanding questions about the procedures used to dispose of fetal remains.

The subject is one of particular concern in Missouri because of the conversation recorded in the very first video released by the Center for Medical Progress.  That video was a discussion with Dr. Deborah Nucatola, the Senior Director of Medical Services for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. 

While munching on her lunchtime salad, Nucatola talked cavalierly about the availability of fetal heads, hearts, livers, and lungs.  She went on to say that St. Louis should be considered as an "untapped" supplier of baby body parts.

It is unclear whether Nucatola was referring to the Reproductive Heath Services abortion clinic operated by Planned Parenthood in St. Louis City's Central West End, or the Washington University Medical Center, with which Reproductive Health Services has had a longtime close relationship.

Under current Missouri law, "a representative sample" of tissue removed at the time of an abortion must be submitted to a certified pathologist, who is required to then submit a pathology report to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. 

Senator Onder's bill would require that ALL tissue removed when an abortion is performed must be forwarded to a pathologist.  Such a change would prohibit Planned Parenthood and other abortionists from retaining fetal remains to then be sold in the black market of the baby body parts business.

Missouri law already prohibits any person from knowingly offering or receiving "any valuable consideration for the fetal organs or tissue resulting from an abortion."  However, defenders of Planned Parenthood have claimed that they are merely transferring "the products of conception" for medical research purposes at no profit to themselves.

Yet the videos revealed agents for Planned Parenthood bragging about their skill in utilizing abortion techniques that preserve intact organs for future sale.  In one video, a Planned Parenthood official dickers over the price of such organs, saying that one day she would like to own a Lamborghini.
It was discovered earlier this year that the pathology firm hired by Planned Parenthood to review fetal tissue from the abortion clinic had not been filing its required pathology reports with the state.  In fact, the officials in the Department of Health and Senior Services responsible for monitoring such reports were not even aware they were not being submitted.

Senator Onder says the State of Missouri needs to ensure that abortion clinics are complying with the law.  "I don't believe sufficient oversight has been going on.  Information uncovered during our committee hearings signaled a need to close loopholes being exploited by the Department of Health, Planned Parenthood, and the abortion industry.  We need to be assured that we know what's happening with these fetal remains and that the law is not being broken in that area."

In the most recent video from The Center for Medical Progress, a doctor from Planned Parenthood of Texas described how she would perform her abortions up to 22 weeks to preserve the most saleable remains.  "My aim is usually to get the specimens out pretty intact," said Dr. Amna Dermish.

She explained how she "flips" the child in the womb.  "I'll remove the extremities first, and then go for the spine, and sort of bring it down that way.  I always try to keep the trunk intact."  Dr. Dermish said she had yet to deliver an intact calvarium (or skull), but then said with a laugh, "Well, this will give me something to strive for."

Later in the video Dr. Dermish says that "one of our persons is really into organ development.  She'll pull out kidneys, and heart, and she'll always look for it."  The other woman in the video, an official at Whole Women's Health, responded with a laugh, "Well, it's cute.  It's cute."

One of the most revealing videos was reported by Life News from a recent conference of the National Abortion Federation.  Renee Chelian, the owner of the Northland Family Planning abortion clinic chain in Michigan, shared her dirty laundry on the subject of disposal of the remains of unborn children.

"Nobody wants to talk about dead bodies," she said.  "There was a point when Stericycle fired us, and I had 5 months of fetal tissue in my freezers...I was contacting everybody that I could...We started working with hospitals, who didn't really want to be seen with us.  We met them, in like Denny's restaurants...They were terrified of a public relations nightmare."

"The garbage disposal was an option," Chelian continued.  "There was a point that I actually hired someone from another clinic to come in and take 20 bottles and put it into my garbage disposal...It's funny--I mean, it's funny in a really sick way."

We applaud Senator Onder for working to prohibit the ghastly and ghoulish trashing and trafficking of baby body parts.  We encourage you to contact your state senator and urge them to support Senator Onder's bill, Senate Bill 644.   You can do so by using this link:
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