As we approach the final weeks of session, the Missouri Senate has begun to hear more bills that have passed the House, including a trio of bills supported by the MCC. The Senate Education Committee on Tuesday heard testimony on a bill to protect religious groups on college campuses. HB 1724, sponsored by Rep. Brad Hudson (R-Cape Fair), prohibits discrimination against a belief-based student group that requires leaders of the group to adhere to its sincerely held beliefs. The bill is a response to some colleges and universities denying campus religious groups the same access to facilities and activity funds as they do secular groups.
On Wednesday, the Senate Seniors, Families, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee considered HB 2012, sponsored by Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove), and HB 1897, sponsored by Rep. Bruce DeGroot (R-Chesterfield). HB 2012 is the omnibus pro-life bill that would prohibit the donation of fetal remains after an abortion and the hoarding of fetal remains, prohibit abortion facilities or their affiliates from receiving public funds, establish the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act”, and would create the offense of “trafficking abortion-inducing drugs” when a person or entity supplies or administers abortion-inducing drugs to another person for an illegal abortion. HB 1897 would allow the Missouri Department of Corrections to establish nurseries in the state’s female correctional facilities for those mothers who are to give birth before their release.
Neither committee took immediate action on the bills.