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The Douglas County Republican Women’s Club met on Sept. 18.
Their guests were Lyle Roland, newly elected representative for the 155th Missouri Congressional District and Alexandria Zumsteg, representing Shane Schoeller’s as his Southwest Regional Director.
Rep. Roland talked about the recent House Bills that were passed and not passed. He talked about Senate Bill 749, which was a state-level challenge to the Obama Administration’s contraceptive and abortion drug mandate. Along with seven pro-life Democrats in the Missouri House of Representative they were able to over-ride Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of the pro-life religious liberty legislation.
The mandate requires that all insurance policies issued in the United States must include coverage for all “contraceptive” approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Those “contraceptives” include drugs and devices that are designed to destroy developing embryos.
The Obama Administration’s contraceptive mandate compels religious entities such as Catholic Institutions and ministries to underwrite drugs and procedures that violate their religious doctrines. The Senate Bill 749 states that no employee can be required to purchase, nor can an employer be required to provide, insurance coverage that includes abortion, contraception, or sterilization, if it violates their religious beliefs.
The Missouri Senate voted to override Nixon’s veto by a vote of 26-6. The House overrode the Governor’s veto by a vote of 109-45, the exact vote needed for a two-thirds majority.
In the meantime, College of the Ozarks, Hobby Lobby, and numerous religious institutions and church ministries across the country have filed suit against the contraceptive and abortion drug mandate.
Rep. Roland mentioned that education and agriculture are to be on the top of the list for Republicans when the new session begins January 9th. Several club members asked him about getting “Right to Work” laws passed in Missouri. He said unless we get a Republican governor, that will probably not be possible. He also brought up Agenda 21 and mentioned that he would like to see Missouri enact a similar bill as what Louisiana recently passed keeping it out of their state. All House bills can be seen on the website: www.house.mo.gov. Rep. Roland also has a website: www.lyleroland.com.
Alex Zumsteg representing Shane Schoeller running as the Republican for Secretary of State, mentioned that his emphasis would be on Fair Ballots and Photo I.D. in order to vote.
The Club decided to donate $300 to Todd Akins and $100 each to Dave Spence, the Republican candidate for governor and Shane Schoeller.
All Republican women (men are also welcome) are invited to join us at our upcoming meeting. Our next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 30, at 5 p.m. in the basement of the Douglas County Courthouse.