Missouri pro-life budget on way to Gov. Greitens

By Dave Andrusko

Missouri State Rep. Robert Ross

Pro-abortionists are seething now that the new Missouri budget has not only stopped state Medicaid dollars from going to abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood but has also set aside some $6.5 million for alternatives to abortion services.

The $28 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1, has been sent to pro-life Gov. Eric Greitens who has until June 30 to sign the bill.

Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick said there should be “no loophole” in a state spending plan that would allow Planned Parenthood to continue to receive state funding,” the Associated Press reported.

Added Allison Kite of the Kansas City Star

Rep. Robert Ross, R-Yukon, offered the language in April as amendments to two of the bills that make up Missouri’s nearly $28 billion budget, sparking an intense debate with Rep. Judy Morgan, D-Kansas City. The language, which remains in the budget passed a week ago Wednesday by the House and Senate, prohibits any state money from spent on health services at any providers associated with an abortion facility.

“I simply do not want our tax dollars being spent providing for abortions, and that’s what I seek to do with this amendment,” Ross said on the floor in March.”

In a similar vein last November the full 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request to reconsider a three-judge panel’s decision that upheld Arkansas’s right to discontinue Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood. Immediately after “DHS spokeswoman Amy Webb said the state terminated the group’s status as a Medicaid provider last week after the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision formally took effect,” according to Associated Press’s Andrew DeMillo.

Pro-abortion Missouri Democratic House members objected to resources going to life-affirming centers which help women carry their crisis pregnancies to term. But as Kite reported

Rep. Sara Walsh, R-Ashland, argued crisis pregnancy centers offer important support for expectant parents and resources, including pregnancy tests and diapers. They may also provide ultrasounds, which she argued may encourage women to steer away from abortion.

“It’s so important that she has those facts, that she’s able to see that little life and the development within her,” Walsh said.