JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Pro-life leaders and legislators sent mixed messages at a purportedly anti-abortion rally at the Missouri State Capitol Tuesday, declaring that the unborn citizens of Missouri must be protected while choosing not to support legislation that would abolish abortion in their state.
Missouri Right to Life (MRL), the state’s largest pro-life organization, organized the rally which included speakers such as Gov. Eric Greitens, Attorney General Josh Hawley, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, Speaker Todd Richardson, and President pro tempore Ron Richard.
“We have to do everything in our power to stand up for, protect, and defend the lives of the innocent unborn,” Greitens said during his speech. But neither he nor any of the other rally speakers opted to act consistently with that statement.
Although three bills aimed at ending abortion entirely—two personhood bills and one abolitionist bill—are currently in the house, none were mentioned at the rally. Instead, Missouri Right to Life representatives told attendees they ought to ask their representatives and senators to make sure abortion mills are inspected yearly.
A flier for the rally called attendees to encourage their legislators to get behind the following “Priority Legislation”:
- Tighten abortion clinic inspection laws to require at least one annual on-site inspection of abortion facilities and require an accounting report for the disposition of all tissue from aborted babies.
- “Whistleblower” protection for abortion clinic employees.
- Continue to redirect federal funding of family-planning dollars to federally qualified health centers and state rural health agencies for expanded health care for women.
Speaker of the House Todd Richardson, meanwhile, announced both at the rally and later in the week his intention to push a Pain Capable Act which would ban abortion after a child reaches 20 weeks gestation (thereby allowing the murder of all children who have not yet lived long enough to warrant state protection).
Abolitionists Rush Loftis and Lydia Badger attended the rally to distribute information about HB 1177 and attempt to garner support for total abolition. According to Loftis, most MRL representatives said they would not back an abolitionist bill because they do not believe the courts will favor it.
Loftis, who works as a legislative assistant and runs therightagenda.com, argued that the courts have overreached their authority in decisions such as Roe v. Wade and that in such cases, court favor is irrelevant.
“Look, abortion is wrong, the courts are wrong, and the courts need to be corrected,” he said.
Loftis added that with the ongoing murder of children in the state of Missouri, the focus on “safe” abortion clinics cannot be taken seriously as an anti-abortion effort. “Inspected?” he asked in an editorial on therightagenda.com. “Are you serious? These abortion mills murder millions of children a year (about 5,000 a year in Missouri) and the leading ‘Pro-Life’ group in Missouri wants the clinics to be inspected?”
“If you want abortion to end, that must be a goal you set,” he said. Efforts to keep abortion clinics up to healthcare standards have nothing to do with that goal and even work against it by legitimizing abortion as healthcare.
Loftis encouraged citizens to contact Richardson and urge him to support bills that would end the legal murder of children in Missouri rather than regulative measures that merely adjust the circumstances under which they may be killed.
Representative Todd Richardson: (573)751-4039