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Veto Override Campaign Underway

Veto Override Campaign Underway

Last week we reported on Governor Nixon’s veto of two pro-life bills: HB 1307 which would extend the waiting period for an abortion from 24 to 72 hours; and, HB 1132 which would expand tax credits for pregnancy resource centers, maternity homes, and food pantries. We have until September 10, when the veto session convenes [...]

Report Back to the MCC!

Report Back to the MCC!

One of the first things a legislative advocate learns is to be sure to “count your votes.” The votes are there to override the governor’s veto on both HB 1307 and 1132, but things can happen. A legislator can be ill the day of the veto session, another may decide a family vacation is more [...]

Children at the Border: a Humanitarian Crisis

Children at the Border: a Humanitarian Crisis

Regardless of one’s feelings about illegal immigration, it must be acknowledged that the massive influx of unaccompanied minors into the U.S. has become a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions.  But what is causing these children to risk their lives to come to the U.S.?  Is it poverty, threats of gang violence and human trafficking, desperation, [...]

Religious Liberty Remains a Challenge Post Hobby Lobby

Religious Liberty Remains a Challenge Post Hobby Lobby

Defenders of religious liberty breathed a collective sigh of relief following the Hobby Lobby decision.  The 5-4 decision was, after all, a victory for religious liberty, if only a modest one.  Following the decision, however, the pro-choice lobby denounced the decision as denying women access to contraception, among other arguments.  Richard Doerflinger, Associate Director of [...]

While Missouri Executes, California Strikes down Death Penalty

While Missouri Executes, California Strikes down Death Penalty

On Wednesday, lawyers for John Middleton were in a battle with the State of Missouri to stop his execution. The state won, and Middleton became the eighth person executed in nine months in Missouri. On the same day across the country, a federal judge ruled the death penalty unconstitutional in California. Citing the long delays [...]

Where's the Doctor?

Where’s the Doctor?

A new report by the Missouri Hospital Association says it is getting harder for rural Missourians to access primary care doctors. Increasingly, new doctors are specialists and live in urban areas. The graph below shows the disparity between rural and urban areas in the availability of primary care doctors. Posted: July 18, 2014

MCC Annual Assembly to Address Doctor Shortages

MCC Annual Assembly to Address Doctor Shortages

One of the workshops at this year’s MCC Annual Assembly will address the challenges facing our health care delivery system, including the lack of primary care physicians in many parts of our state. Dr. Wayne Cooper is a family physician from Camdenton and a former state representative. He has been on the frontlines of health [...]

How to Reverse the Decline of Marriage

How to Reverse the Decline of Marriage

Many family scholars agree that both economic and cultural factors are at work in undermining the institution of marriage. Part of the explanation may be the lack of decent paying jobs that lead working middle class couples to conclude that marriage is not feasible. Yet, couples married and stayed married during the Great Depression, so [...]

Governor Vetoes Help for Hungry, Women in Crisis Pregnancies

Governor Vetoes Help for Hungry, Women in Crisis Pregnancies

Governor Nixon, where are your priorities? One would think that in a multi-billion dollar state budget the governor could find $1.5 million to feed the hungry and assist women in crisis pregnancies. But this week the governor vetoed legislation to assist food pantries, pregnancy resource centers, and maternity homes. HB 1132 was sponsored by State [...]