In August, I was invited to speak to a group at a pro-Life rally. As a result, I realized that for some time we have merely been talking about putting a stop to abortion. I believe that in our state we have more citizens who would like to see abortions end than not, so I’m hopeful that we will be successful in rallying together a significant number of citizens to speak out.
A basic belief of Christians is that God is the Creator and Giver of life. And although He has given us a free will, the Sixth Commandment prohibits us from murder. Yet, here we are….
From the time the US Supreme Court offered their opinion in Roe vs. Wade in 1973 to the end of 2013, the number of abortions performed in the United States have exceeded 56 million. Annually, more than one million unborn children are killed as a result of abortion.
The issue of abortion affects not only babies. In addition, women also suffer from physical and emotional problems, and some die as a result complications from the procedure.
Did you know that a Missouri law (RsMO 1.205) states that the general assembly recognizes that life begins at conception and that both the unborn child and the natural parents have a protectable interest in the life and health of the unborn child through every stage of development… unless an entity, such as the federal government, says otherwise.
The recent undercover videos exposing the alleged involvement of Planned Parenthood in the harvesting and sale of the body parts of unborn children has resulting in the anger of many calling for the defunding of the organization. However, if we take a moment to ponder the bigger picture, we realize that this discussion surrounding Planned Parenthood would not be taking place if we did not allow the murder of our unborn children in the first place.
During the 2015 legislative session HB 1033 was filed. The bill’s intent was to stop abortion in Missouri, based upon the statute previously mentioned. The bill was allowed no committee hearing.
Since the Planned Parenthood fiasco, interest in reviving the bill for filing in the 2016 session has been expressed. In order for the bill to be referred and heard in committee, the House leadership must have a reason to make that happen. It is doubtful that a lobbyist with the power to move the bill through the process will make an effort to do so. It is also doubtful that a legislator will, by himself, be allowed to force the bill’s passage. It is, however, possible that through a grassroots effort, the leadership will take notice and allow the bill to be heard and perhaps even voted.
What will it take to cause the general assembly leaders to take notice? That question may debatable, however, the Lord has impressed a goal of 1 million signatures in my mind. In order to accomplish this goal, we must act immediately and work consistently – from now until the end of 2015.
If you are willing, please forward the attached petition to your Missouri friends and family for their signatures and ask them to pass it on to others to do the same?
The more involvement we have, the greater our chance for success will be.
(Click Stop Abortion – with e-mail and county for a Word copy to collect signatures)