JEFFERSON CITY Today, in response to the United States Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, Governor Mike Parson signed a proclamation giving legal effect to Section 188.017 RSMo and activating the “Right to Life of the Unborn Child Act.”
“Nothing in the text, history, or tradition of the United States Constitution gave un-elected federal judges authority to regulate abortion. We are happy that the U.S. Supreme Court has corrected this error and returned power to the people and the states to make these decisions,” Governor Parson said.
“With Roe v. Wade overturned and statutory triggers provided in HB 126, we are issuing this proclamation to restore our state authority to regulate abortion and protect life. Thanks to decades of conservative leaders, Missouri has become one of the most pro-life states in the nation, and our Administration has always fought for the life of every unborn child. Today, our efforts have produced what generations of Missourians have worked and prayed for: Today, we have won our fight to protect innocent life,” Governor Parson continued.
Governor Parson’s proclamation notifies the Missouri Revisor of Statutes of the effective date of Section 188.017 RSMo.
Section 188.017, or the “Right to Life of the Unborn Child Act,” includes several provisions:
Prohibits doctors from performing abortions unless there is a medical emergency;
Creates criminal liability for any person who knowingly performs or induces a non-medical emergency abortion and subjects his or her professional license to suspension; and
Protects any woman who receives an illegal abortion from being prosecuted in violation of the Act.
The “Right to Life of the Unborn Child Act” was included in HB 126 and contingent upon the U.S. Supreme Court overruling Roe v. Wade in whole or in part. Governor Parson signed HB 126 in 2019.
Wire coathangers on the fence at the Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City – June 2, 2019.
Retired nurse here. Employers during my entire career required annual TB test, Hepatitis B titers & if it was low, boosters, childhood immunizations. Was tested for HIV, had mandatory physicals, etc. Would never want to be endanger my patients.
As a nurse I’ve taken multiple required vaccines or had blood titers drawn to prove immunity as a condition for employment. I’ve always known that goes with the territory, protects me, my patients, and my coworkers. And decreases sick time. Why the protests now?
Thank you for doing the right thing by your employees and your patients. Mandatory vaccination is not a new concept in healthcare. I have had vaccinations, titers, repeat vaccinations, more titers, and I never took it personally. Or politically. It’s a job requirement. Period.
Governor Mike Parson @GovParsonMO
I want ALL Missourians to know that if you are sick, we will take care of you. 9:17 AM · Dec 8, 2020
Some of the responses:
What are YOU doing to take care of ALL Missourians? Have you implemented Medicaid expansion? Have you prevented rural hospitals from closing? Have you slowed down COVID transmission?
I’d much rather know that you will help prevent me from getting sick. You know… be preventative with masks instead of reactionary with ICU beds. Crazy talk, eh?
Nurses willl take care of you. This man won’t. Blame him when you can’t find a nurse to be at your bedside.
As my husband gets ready to go to work in the hospital today I want you to know that you are a disgrace to the office of Governor of Missouri. We are drowning out here and you claim to be saving us. Gtfoh.
Remember when you wouldn’t support expanding Medicaid? I’ll wait
Ummmmm….actually not so much.
How did you feel after touring Covid units at hospitals in Missouri? Oh wait, that hasn’t happened yet.
‘Republicans campaigned hard against [medicaid] expansion, with Parson among the most outspoken in opposition.’
Have a statewide mask mandate and watch those numbers go down. Look at Australia, NZ and Taiwan. They’re about back to normal. This is a Failure!
Japan has 20 times Missouri’s population, but has 50% less Covid deaths. They wear masks and their leaders don’t downplay the virus.
… but we won’t do anything to stop you from getting sick.
fixed it for you.
So far away from the reality of normal people, he thinks you can just get medical care without coverage, and doesn’t understand what “medical bankruptcy” is. Prevention, not an option in his world, either.
You heard it here people, just send your medical bills to Gov. Parson. He’s going to take care of it. /s
With all due respect, this is a misleading tweet. We need staff to run those vents and take care of those beds. I work for a busy Level 1 Trauma Center and personally haven’t accepted an ICU patient in weeks. Missourians are going to Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota, etc for care.
“We’ll take care of you”
But only once we actively make ensure that every citizen of Missouri contracts COVID by refusing to do any preventative measures in order to serve our Wall Street donors and sociopathic political ideology.
Can you please also focus on PREVENTING us from getting sick? It is no comfort that help only starts if I get covid. I would prefer to be in a place that prioritizes prevention over emergency medical care.
When is Medicaid expansion going into effect?
A lot of us lost a job this year and find ourselves in the hole where we can’t get Medicaid AND we can’t get any subsidies on the marketplace to afford insurance, so we’re totally screwed.
.. go on… ? Explain how you are actually doing this. Rural & urban areas are overwhelmed this week. Use that CARES money to help suffering people.
Covid is a complete disaster for the rural Midwest and was largely due to your political pandering and inaction. This message is a false promise and we still have no actionable strategies or plans in place. What should we do? Really, make a call.
What if instead you, I don’t know, implemented a mandate that would, just maybe, keep more people safe….so you didn’t HAVE to take care of us. Because what you are saying is not what the healthcare professionals are saying.
That’s a lie. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Remember that oldie but goodie, Mike? This statement is some of your worst lip service yet! MANDATE MASKS like the healthcare workers of this state have been begging you to.
It’s almost as if we’ve mismanaged our way into Medicare for All.
But, as the Post Dispatch reports you continue , and only God knows why, to ignore state wide mitigation efforts, thereby contributing to the continuing spread of Covid in Missouri. This is unbelievable incompetence and dereliction of duty Sir.
Sadly, Missouri elected the Governor it deserves.
Except the seniors who are being held as prisoners and away from their family because of your negligence and incompetence. You will be older one day Governor but as a Christian I will not want the same to be done to you for what you have allowed to be done to them.
Here’s a CRAZY idea, do more to KEEP PEOPLE FROM GETTING SICK with a mask mandate. And I wonder how many people will get sick from your Governor’s Mansion open house? It’s great that you open it to the people of Missouri at Christmas but NOT DURING A PANDEMIC IN A RED COUNTY!
How about putting a plan in place so that people aren’t as likely to get sick and have to go to the hospital. Maybe be proactive instead of reactive when dealing with a deadly pandemic.
How about covering us before we get sick?
That’s great, but when are you going to address the lack of rural hospitals or your lack of action throughout most of the pandemic or even not implementing Medicaid expansion? Words are meaningless without action, Mr. Governor.
Notice he doesn’t reassure that we have enough properly trained critical care physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists.
So you’re going to be volunteering next to nurses in COVID wards to make sure everyone is taken care of?
Oh god, I think I’d rather take my chances w understaffed, overworked nurses than gov heehaw. Thanks for the nightmares
Is that why you fought Medicaid expansion? Here’s a novel idea, why don’t you do something that might PREVENT us from getting sick? LIKE A MASK MANDATE
You kicked thousands of kids off Medicaid.
Oh, that’s a relief. What’s the address of the governor’s mansion for forwarding of ginormous medical bills?
You covering medical expenses too?
Given the republican parties response to Covid19 “take care of you” sounds like a threat.
This tweet is like me telling my kids its OK to play with broken glass because we’ve got plenty of bandaids.
Governor, thank you for not giving in to the pearl clutchers and forcing face diapers on us.
So where do I send my medical bills?🖒
Fact check: this is false.
You need a better stand up routine.
Take care of Missourians how? Free body bag?
By closing rural hospitals?
All?! That sounds pretty… universal.
Is this a joke? Missouri’s handling of COVID has been an embarrassing disaster.
I mean, YOU aren’t taking care of anyone
Making this post takes nerve I’ve never seen before.
Rep. Jason Smith @RepJasonSmith
For our community, access to care isn’t just a talking point – it’s a matter of life or death. Last week, I continued my fight for rural healthcare and met with Director Carroll of the @ONDCP and @GovParsonMO for a roundtable in Cape Girardeau.
[….] 9:49 AM · Feb 24, 2020
Hypocrisy, they think it’s a good look.
The replies, as always, are priceless:
You have devoted your entire career, both in the Missouri General Assembly and in the Congress, to blocking healthcare for working people in your District. Besides the health effects, your actions have resulted in closed hospitals in your District.
you’ve been active in preventing access.
You want to protect folks with pre-existing conditions — but at a higher price for them. Currently the ACA which you oppose makes it illegal to consider pre-existing conditions in pricing. So you want to repeal the ACA to change that? Why? Keep your filthy hands off the ACA.
How about helping Missouri expand Medicaid to save rural hospitals. It was Gingrich’s and Heritage’s plan. Time to stop being stupid because of Obama. He’s done. You can try thinking with you own brain now. 36 states accept our federal expanded Medicaid dollars. And Gov. Pence.
You voted to kill my insurance.
Yes Jason, it can be life or death, but your voting record tells a different story than this talking point.
Oh please. You voted to take away healthcare from Missourians
Um… @RepJasonSmith voted against ACA – the exact opposite of which you are telling people today. What’s up with that?
Medicaid expansion would automatically cover 200,000 more Missouri residents and save us $100 million! The feds cover 90% of the cost. [….]
At this point you’re just punking us.
Getting scared, bro? Remember when you celebrated voting to repeal the ACA with no replacement? Yeah, I do. Y’all brought beer in to celebrate. You’ve been fighting to TAKE AWAY healthcare, you lying PoS.
This afternoon, from Representative Vicky Hartzler (r):
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
Our healthcare system is failing. High premiums force many to forgo insurance; sky-high deductibles mean they can’t afford to use it.
I look forward to working with @HouseGOP on a plan to protect those with pre-existing conditions and give Americans more control over healthcare. 2:59 PM · Oct 15, 2019
Medicare for all would work great.
Some of the responses:
I dunno. Ever think about something like the Affordable Care Act?
GOP had control for 2 years and came up with nothing.
Rich coming from someone who tried her damndest to eliminate health care coverage for millions of Americans.
How? You had full control for two years and the only thing you tried to do with healthcare was take it away!
JUST STOP LYING!!! The @GOP wants to gut healthcare and you know it!!! Do your job stand up for us and against the criminal in the Oval. Hawley barely won you and @RoyBlunt have an up hill climb after you crapped on the small family owned farms. Get to work and impeach him!!!
Nah, she’s all in.
Why don’t you/they already have one. Trump PROMISED during his 2016 campaign that he had the BEST plan, with better coverage and lower premiums than the ACA.
Ask him to show you THAT great plan!
(Or was that a false promise, just like yours . . . . )
They were never going to create one, they were just going to take the one people had away.
So I guess that TWELVE YEARS you and your @GOP handlers said you were working hard on a superior replacement for the ACA was a lie?
Give or take a few. Actually, around eight years for Representative Hartzler (r).
Yesterday, from Representative Vicky Hartzler (r):
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
Pelosi’s one-size-fits-all approach to tackle prescription drug prices doesn’t address the root causes. Her drug price plan is filled with socialist price controls that stifles research and innovation.
…Federally funded studies contributed to the science that underlies every one of the 210 new drugs approved between 2010 and 2016…
Pharmaceutical corporations need to stop free-riding on publicly-funded research
By Jason Cone, opinion contributor — 03/03/18 01:00 PM EST
…Pharmaceutical companies have perpetuated a myth that high prices are necessary in order to compensate for the risks and investments they undertake when developing drugs. And governments like the U.S. — the biggest funder of global health research and development (R&D) — have let them…
Or did Representative Hartzler (r) really mean “stifles exorbitant profits and CEO compensation”?
Meanwhile, there was much hilarity in some of the comments to Representative Hartzler’s (r) Pharma Tweet:
Girl, you’ve taken $1.1M+ in farm subsidies.
Tell me about how you hate socialized programs again.
So Hartzler loves socialism…as long as she’s getting the benefits personally. Screw poor, sick, and hungry kids, though, eh?
Wrong, her [Pelosi] drug price plan protects the American consumers!!!
You aren’t trying. You aren’t working together. She could come out tomorrow and support a GOP plan and you’d still call it socialist. Piss off. This is 100% fixable and your fault for doing nothing.
Granting @HHSGov limited authority to negotiate prices on 250 *branded* prescription drugs that lack generic or biosimilar competitors & represent the greatest cost to Medicare, with a cap at 120% of market price in 6 other countries…Is “Socialism”?
Republicans haven’t done sh*t except try to take healthcare AWAY.
Your prez is trying to repeal what little we have left. Who believes anything republicans say anymore?
Hey the GOP has done absolutely nothing yet, so I’m sure after this really informed tweet you will get right back to doing nothing!
Republicans had the majority in the House for 10 years, and the only thing that happened were attempts to repeal the ACA 60 some odd times. Discuss actual policy specifics and details on alternatives, and we can talk.
You do not seem to be representing anyone but the GOP brand, GOP buzz words and your own self interests. Healthcare, insurance and prescription drug costs are unaffordable for your constituents. Not for you or Congress though. How about a Town Hall on the topic?
Open public town hall? Not gonna happen.
Good grief; is there anybody out there who buys this garbage rhetoric? Capitalism is not doing sick people any favors. Time to try something new.
Tweet out your plan that’s better in detail. I will be waiting.
We see what you did there. Tweet/detail.
It seems like the new buzz word for the republicans is “socialist”
Hey, we already said that…
Big Pharma has been paying the GOP for years to not allow Medicare to negotiate prices. I remember watching debate on the House floor in 2003 when the Medicare reform bill was passed. The Democrats wanted to include limits to rising Rx prices. The GOP would not allow it.
#socialist says what?
You mean greed, right!
You can do better? You have done NOTHING for YEARS!!!
So what is your plan because this is a serious issue and it seems like Pelosi actually wants to deal with it?
Socialist farm subsidies and bailout money is good but socialist approaches to help people get affordable prescription drugs are bad. You’re a bigly hypocrite!
You mean socialist, like the massive farm subsidies you collect?
Republicans only criticize but NEVER come up with feasible ideas for healthcare & drug costs! You are not helping the matter. If u have criticism then u better come back with a viable solution. Ur the problem!
What is your plan Vicky? That’s right, more of the same, the GOP plan of working Americans getting screwed to make the rich even richer.
Socialist? You clearly don’t understand the meaning of the word. I am beginning to doubt your abilities.
Nice cut and paste Vicky. Follow the line and deflect.
Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission, a total of $1,396,465.00 in support of an initiative campaign for Medicaid expansion in Missouri:
C190918 09/05/2019 Missourians for Healthcare Prospects for Missouri 460 Nichols Rd Kansas City MO 64112 9/3/2019 $396,465.64
C190918 09/05/2019 Missourians for Healthcare BJC Healthcare 4249 Clayton Avenue Suite 310 St Louis MO 63110 9/4/2019 $250,000.00
C190918 09/05/2019 Missourians for Healthcare Health Forward Foundation 2300 Main Street Suite 304 Kansas City MO 64108 9/4/2019 $750,000.00
C190918: Missourians For Healthcare
Committee Type: Campaign
Po Box 144
Jefferson City Mo 65102
Established Date: 07/26/2019
Ballot Measure History
Ballot Measures Election Date Subject Support/Oppose
Medicaid Expansion 11/03/2020 Medicaid Expansion Support
Pamela Merritt @SharkFu
The only questions anyone should have for Josh @HawleyMO should be about his plan to maintain healthcare access if his lawsuit guts ACA. He placed healthcare in peril for thousands of Missourians. Where’s the policy? What’s the plan? Hello? How do you sleep at night? 7:40 PM – 2 May 2019
“…How do you sleep at night?”
Probably doesn’t. Working out? Shopping for wine? Oh, wait, that’s during the day…
From Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) today, via Twitter:
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
Thinking of all the special people I know facing cancer with courage on #WorldCancerDay2018. Thankful for advances in treatments. Praying for cures. #NeverGiveUp 9:26 AM – 4 Feb 2018
No one’s buying it. The responses:
Good. How about making sure people have access to affordable healthcare.
Yet you voted to take healthcare away from Missourians. Hmmm
Gee, if only you’d stop voting against funding for treatment and insurance coverage.
Maybe think about funding NHI and CDC better instead of your worthless prayers!
A little healthcare insurance would sure help. I don’t believe prayers are accepted by the Cashier.
I’m one of the people with cancers that you voted to takeaway my health insurance. So please stop sending these like you care tweets. You are fooling some voters but aren’t fooling God. I will save you a seat in Hell.