PREPARATIONS for 2007
Pre-filing of legislation for the 2007 General Assembly began back on December 1, 2006. Issues such as abortion and bioethics will continue to dominate many debates, Missouri state policy towards illegal aliens will be on the table this year, pornography issues in response to the state’s high court actions in December, and a host of other key issues will keep MFN busy.
With the lives of countless human embryos at stake the battle over human cloning and embryonic stem cell research is far from over!
Over a million Missouri voters went to their voting booth in November and cast ballots in favor of defending human life. The narrow passage of Amendment 2 only demonstrated that the false and misleading ballot question is what squeaked out a nail-biting vote count in favor of constitutionally protecting human cloning research which hesitates the killing of innumerable human lives.
Supporters of killing human embryos have no mandate. The Legislature has not been spared the pain of this ongoing debate. Expect verbal and highly charged political fireworks in the days and week ahead.
You may view all of the pre-filed bills, as well as those which will continue to be filed over the next few months by going to house.state.mo.us/bills071/billist.htm.
Governor Blunt Considers Calling Special Session
by Laura McNamara
Missourinet, Tuesday, December 19, 2006, 5:06 PM
Governor Blunt is strongly considering calling a special session for the beginning of next month to move the MOHELA sale forward. Blunt says the parties that have agreed to the sale of $350-million in Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority assets are worried about lawsuits. He says they’ve called for legislation to protect them and Blunt says he wants to give them that protection as quickly as possible. Spokesman Brian Hauswirth says Blunt has spoken with several legislators about calling the special session. Hauswirth says the special session would take place in early January after legislators have convened. It’s unusual for a governor to call a special session this early in the year. Blunt also says a special session to validate the MOHELA sale would mean construction of research facilities and other projects on college and university campuses throughout the state could get underway by late spring – in time for the summer construction cycle. An early start on construction for these facilities would mean universities would have quicker access to resources in biotechnology research.
What does this mean for pro-life Missourians?
Plans to sell off assets of MOHELA for life sciences research construction is on a fast track. While the vast majority of the funds involved would be used for appropriate causes a great fear looms over the political landscape like a thick river bottom fog. Currently Missouri has no protections against these funds being used to facilitate the creation of laboratories or other facilities to be used for human cloning and embryonic stem cell research in which multitudes of human embryos would be killed in the name of “life sciences.”
Passage of Amendment 2 created a constitutional right to clone human beings for research, as well as the right to engage in stem cell research by destroying human embryos and using tissue derived from aborted babies. This political quagmire puts pro-life and anti-cloning citizens and a variety of organizations in a position to openly and vigorously oppose any attempt by the legislature to authorize the sale of MOHELA assets to build life sciences research labs or any other facilities which could be used to assist in such unethical “research.”
MONDAY, January 1, 2007
State Capitol comes alive with activities. Elected members of the House of Representatives and State Senate (both seasoned and first time state legislators), along with staff, families and friends will begin last days preparations for the official ceremonies on Wednesday.
TUESDAY, January 2, 2007
MFN will co-sponsor and participate in the 6th Annual Capitol Legislative Academy. This event will benefit anyone who thinks they may become involved with lobbying or providing testimony in any of the state’s hundreds of public hearings over the course of the legislative year.
WEDNESDAY, January 3, 2007
There will be a special morning Dedication and Prayer service for all elected officials prior to the afternoon ceremonies of the first day of the 94th General Assembly.
The public is invited to join us on January 3rd, at Concord Baptist Church as we start the new legislative year off right. This no-cost event begins with a legislative breakfast at 8:00a.m., and will be followed by a dedication prayer service at 9:00a.m.. This will be the third annual event we have been blessed to be a part of. Every year we have seen this event grow, with attendance by members of the Legislative, Judicial, and Executive branches of our state government. Scripture is very specific when it commands us to pray for the leaders of our country and state. Even if you are unable to attend, please set aside time around 9:00 in the morning, and join with us as we lift up our state leaders.
Both the House and Senate will be called into session at 12 noon and will go through the various processes of swearing in newly elected office holders. These ceremonies as well as all sessions of the House and Senate are broadcast as a live stream. Go to: http://www.moga.state.mo.us and select which chamber you want to listen in on.
The traditional Legislative Ball, which occurs every two year election cycle, will be held at 7pm with a formal presentation of each individual office holder and their spouse (or significant other partner – including homosexual partners).
THURSDAY, January 4, 2007
Doors open at 7am and seating begins at 7:10 for the pre-confirmed reservations of the hundreds who will be attending the annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast.
With the recent elections now over, it is clear that we will have a very busy year ahead of us!
We have watched as Missouri was thrust into the national spotlight over the Cloning issue, as well as many other races that gained national attention. It is perhaps more obvious now than in recent years; that we battle not against “flesh and blood”, our fight is against “principalities and powers”. We must not shirk our responsibilities and go into hiding. Rather, this is our time to stand up and be counted; let us hold high our shield of faith and hold the spiritual lines.
This year we will also be working with Americans United For Life. AUL is a national organization dedicated primarily to the abortion and euthanasia battlefronts, and the litigation addressing a wide spectrum of life issues. As we expand our network, we also extend the invitation and challenge to you to make your new years resolution very simple. Get involved! If you and your family have not attended these kinds of events in the past; start this year, lead your family to engage in this culture war. For those of you who have been fighting the good fightÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦ DON’T STOP! Join us at these and other events and be refreshed, recharged, and be encouraged by the number of young men and women who are claiming their birthright as Christian citizens.
A note from Abram:
What a rollercoaster year it has been! We have had some great high points, and deep lows. But all the changes and struggles that we have faced over this summer have only served as a reminder of the One who does not change.
So as you look back on this summer you may be tempted to dwell on the negative issues (such as the passage of the cloning amendment), or other personal struggles that you may have had this past year. But letÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s not forget the big picture: God is still on his throne. He is still in control, and He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow!
He is the Author and the Finisher, the Beginning and the End.
I was humbled by the devastating car accident that my family was involved in, but that event was overshadowed by His divine hand. I watched as my familyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s shattered bones where healed not by doctors- but by the hand of the Almighty God of the Universe.
So let us not forget that we have put our hand to the plow, we will not turn back now. May we all have the courage to seek His wisdom, and trust in His never- failing grace.
Take time in this new year to give Him all the praise and thanks that He alone is worthy of!
Your servant in Christ,