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Missouri Governor Parson Signs Omnibus Pro-Life Bill

by | Jul 23, 2021

By Missouri Right to Life

On July 14,  Governor Parson Signs Omnibus bill which Includes Multiple Issues, including an additional provision to the “Safe Place for Newborns Act of 2002.”

One issue included in HB 432 is an addition to the “Safe Place for Newborns Act of 2002.” The purpose of the original statute was to provide a safe place for people to drop off a newborn and not be prosecuted when surrendering a child that they cannot care for.

The addition of a medical incubator provision will give the personnel at the “qualified safe place,” defined in statute, another resource to provide a safe and secure environment for a newborn.

State Rep. Jim Murphy sponsored this “Newborn Safety Incubator” language included in HB 432. The Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services will be the Department that will provide oversight and promulgate all necessary rules and regulations for the administration of this medical equipment. These rules will include: governing the specifications, installation, maintenance, and oversight of newborn safety incubators.

Abortion and the Courts

The appointment of circuit court judges affects the overall trajectory of law both by changing the judges who hear cases on three-judge panels and by changing the overall composition of the circuits. Seven of the 12 regional circuit courts of appeal now have a majority of active judgeships filled by Republican appointees.

The composition of each circuit is important for obtaining a “rehearing en banc”  where all of the judges on a circuit can rehear a case and change the outcome originally decided by a three-judge panel on that circuit. A majority of active and eligible judges in each circuit can order a rehearing en banc, which is why having a conservative majority in a circuit matters.

This “rehearing” is happening with our Missouri HB 126 in the 8th Circuit Court. Thank you President Trump!

Categories: Legislation