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Missouri legislation seeks to pre-empt city’s ‘abortion sanctuary’ ordinance

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Sponsor of House Bill 174, Rep. Tila Hubrecht from Southeast MO, watched as St. Louis City Ward 06 Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia gave testimony opposing the bill. Ingrassia came to the meeting of the House's Children and Families Committee to voice her concern over pregnancy resource centers. 

Missouri legislators considering a bill on free speech rights of alternative-to-abortion agencies turned to discussion on religious liberty and a recent measure passed in St. Louis City, at a hearing this week at the state Capitol.

House Bill 174, sponsored by Rep. Tila Hubrecht (R-Dexter), would protect the rights of alternatives-to-abortion agencies, such as pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes, to freely assemble and engage in religious practices or speech without government interference. The bill was heard Feb. 14 by members of the Children and Families Committee.

Missouri legislators considering a bill on free speech rights of alternative-to-abortion agencies turned to discussion on religious liberty and a recent measure passed in the City of St. Louis. The discussion came at a hearing Feb. 14 at the state Capitol.

Missouri lawmakers consider abortion legislation as session closes

With three weeks left in Missouri's legislative session, some lawmakers continue to push measures that address the handling of remains of aborted babies and a plan to strip funding from Planned Parenthood.

The bills are the culmination of a legislative investigation into how abortions are conducted in Missouri. The investigation was prompted by a series of undercover videos, released last year by the Center for Medical Progress, that appeared to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal body parts.

MU study on abortion prompts questions, challenges

The University of Missouri says it isn't violating state law or its conflict of interest policy in regards to a study on the effect of the 72-hour waiting period for abortion in Missouri. But several critics have questioned that line of thinking.

Critics call attorney general’s report on Planned Parenthood “incomplete”

Pathology Services, Inc. is an independent Pathology Laboratory specializing in surgical pathology and cytology. They are the third-party provider of pathology services for abortions performed at Planned Parenthood.  The company was named during a Missouri Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life, which is investigating how Planned Parenthood operates in Missouri.  The building is located at 2916 South Brentwood Blvd.

Several critics are calling a new report on Planned Parenthood in St. Louis "incomplete," adding that it raises questions about how Missouri law holds the abortion provider accountable for its handling of human remains from abortions.

Critics call attorney general’s report on Planned Parenthood “incomplete”

Several critics are calling a new report on Planned Parenthood in St. Louis "incomplete," adding that it raises questions about how Missouri law holds the abortion provider accountable for its handling of human remains from abortions.

Critics call attorney general’s report on Planned Parenthood “incomplete”

Several critics are calling a new report on Planned Parenthood in St. Louis "incomplete," adding that it raises questions about how Missouri law holds the abortion provider accountable for its handling of human remains from abortions.

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