The Department of Health reported over 7,300 abortions in Missouri in 2007. Over 11,500 Missouri residents had abortions that year, some in another state. Since Roe vs. Wade passed in 1987, over 50 million surgical abortions have been performed in the United States.
“That’s the combined population of 18 states wiped out – about a third of our country,” said Pam Fichter, president of Missouri Right to Life, as she cited the statistics. “This isn’t only an abortion issue; it’s about euthanasia, human cloning and embryonic stem cell research too.”
Fichter will address the public on pro-life issues at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Mar. 10, at the Henrietta Baptist Church, located at Main and 6th Street in Henrietta. According to the event’s flyer, topics will include “the specific challenges we face with this current administration’s lack of respect for pre-born human life, FOCA, and more.”
“I was a new mom at home with a brand new baby boy, giving him a bath, when I heard it [Roe vs. Wade] was passed,” said Fichter. “I was shocked.”
That launched Fichter’s involvement with Right to Life, an endeavor that has lasted over 16 years. For the past nine years, she has served as president of Missouri Right to Life. As a registered lobbyist in Jefferson City, Fichter seeks to educate lawmakers and the communities on pro-life issues, work on legislation and get residents involved too.
One of the group’s concerns, according to Missouri Right to Life, is Pres. Barack Obama’s efforts to change the rules on doctors being allowed to opt out of performing abortions as a matter of conscience Former Pres. George W. Bush’s administration provided a conscience clause for doctors who morally object to performing abortions.
Yesterday, a bill mandating an ultrasound be performed prior to each abortion and the mother provided information that a baby feels pain during an abortion, a clause to protect women from coerced abortions, as well as promote a complete ban on all human cloning in Missouri was “perfected” in the House. Fichter said that meant that the bill is in its final form, will have its third reading and final vote next week before it moves on to the Senate.
“Whenever a pro-life bill is debated, the pro-abortionists want a health exclusion put in,” Fichter said. “They know the Supreme Court will run the same wording as in Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton, which is the same as no restriction at all. They can make the clause referring to the life and health of the mother anything they want it to be.”
Roe vs. Wade struck down barriers to abortion in the first two trimesters, and granted abortions in the third trimester only if the life or health of the mother was an issue. Doe vs. Bolton is less well known. It was created to define what is meant by the life or health of the mother. Both are centered on the constitutional rights of the mother over any rights of the developing fetus.
“It became anything the mother wanted it to be,” said Fichter. “It became abortion on demand. The majority of women who get abortions are coerced into doing it.”
“Missouri is a very pro-life state,” said Fichter. “When Missourians hear the truth about an issue, they consistently take a pro-life stance.”