With just two weeks remaining until the end of the 2017 legislative session, two important pro-life bills remain in a holding pattern on the Senate debate calendar. SB 41, sponsored by Senator Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau), would provide protection to pregnancy resource centers and would also preempt “abortion sanctuary” ordinances like the one passed in St. Louis earlier this year. This bill was debated for hours several weeks ago, but was then laid over, awaiting further debate and passage.
SB 67, sponsored by Sen. Bob Onder (R-St. Charles), would close loopholes in Missouri law to ensure that all tissue from elective abortions is sent for pathological examination and proper disposal. It also would require annual inspections of abortion clinics, give authority to the state Attorney General to enforce Missouri abortion laws, and would require a non-custodial parent be provided notice in the event their minor child seeks to get parental consent for an abortion.
The MCC is working to pass these bills and will be reporting further on their progress in the closing weeks of the session. There is still time for the Senate to pass these bills and get them to the House in time for final passage. Stay tuned for more and look for an action alert from the MCC before the session ends on May 12th.