St. Louis Review

St. Louis Review: Several Rulings Have Affect on Planned Parenthood Clinics in Missouri

By Jennifer Brinker

An end to Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood in Missouri is one of several ways pressure is being put on the abortion provider in recent weeks.

The measure is part of a $28 billion budget that is expected to be signed by Gov. Mike Parson, and the latest major pro-life measure since the passage of SB5, a comprehensive bill that pro-life groups have said protects the health and safety of women and unborn children and provides protections for pregnancy resource centers.

"Despite having one of the most comprehensive pro-life bills passed in a decade, state lawmakers continued to make advances in pro-life legislation in the areas of defunding abortion providers and promoting alternatives to abortion," said Deacon Sam Lee, a pro-life lobbyist with Campaign Life Missouri. "It shows they are not willing to rest on previous legislation, but realize the unborn and pregnant women need more assistance."

Lawmakers this year also approved $6.5 million in funding for the Alternatives to Abortion program, which provides a variety of services to pregnant women, including counseling, prenatal care, emergency housing, job placement assistance and adoption referrals when requested. They also expanded the state income tax credit program for maternity homes and pregnancy resource center programs to $3.5 million each... 

Read the complete St. Louis Review story here.

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Catholic Conference

EDITORIAL: Our Commitment to a Culture of Life is Rooted in Love

Love Saves Lives.

That's the theme of this year's March for Life, which commemorates the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision to legalize abortion. Forty-five years later, more than 59 million babies have been killed through abortion, according to the statistics from National Right to Life.

But the commitment to stopping this travesty isn't just about attending the March for Life in Washington, D.C., every year. It's a commitment -- rooted in love -- that requires our efforts every day of the year.

The pro-life community understands that choosing life isn't always easy. Facing poverty, abusive relationships, and lack of education or employment are among the reasons women seek abortion.

We're called to love and support both the unborn child and the mother. We must remain committed to building a culture of life from the womb through all stages of life. It isn't only the loving thing to do, but also empowering when a woman chooses life for her child.

Finish reading the St. Louis Review editorial here.

As Abortions Decrease, Pro-Lifers Remain Committeed

Generation Life Pilgrimage Will Send Almost 2,200 Teens to Washington, DC; Other Activitis Planned for St. Louis

By Jennifer Brinker

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the U.S. Thousands from the Archdiocese of St. Louis are expected to attend the annual March for Life on Friday, Jan. 19, in Washington, D.C.

While the number of abortions in the United States is staggering -- more than 59 million since 1973 -- Missouri is experiencing a downward trend in abortions.

Abortions obtained by Missouri women are down by 39 percent in the past 10 years, according to 2016 statistics from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Additionally, 4,562 abortions were performed at facilities here in Missouri in 2016, which is less than half of those performed in 1975 (the first year data was recorded). Pro-life leaders here have credited extensive pro-life laws in Missouri, as well as state-supported efforts to provide alternatives to abortions, including support for pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes.

Many activities have been planned for January and beyond to commeorate the Roe v. Wade anniversary, including:

Click here to read the complete St. Louis Review article and for details on the events above.

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