Right to Life supporters lament legislative support

The “Missouri Right to Life” group said Friday was “a sad day for Missouri pro-lifers,” because the state House of Representatives joined the Senate in adopting language in a proposed law that was different from the words Missouri Right to Life wanted to have used.

Their proposed amendment said: “Public funds shall not be expended, paid, or granted on behalf of any existing or proposed research project that involves abortion services, human cloning or prohibited research, as defined” in another state law.

The pro-life lobbying group said three of seven Mid-Missouri representatives — Republicans Jay Barnes, Jefferson City, and Caleb Jones, California, and Democrat Chris Kelly, Columbia — twice voted against the pro-life position, as the group defined it.

But four others — Republicans Mike Bernskoetter, Jefferson City; Jeanie Riddle, Mokane; Rodney Schad, Versailles; and Tom Loehner, Koeltztown — voted the "correct" way on both votes.

At issue was the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, or MOSIRA, which creates a fund to offer incentives for science-based businesses to develop or expand in Missouri.

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