Missouri Bill Prohibiting Regulation of Crisis Pregnancy Centers (SB 658)
This law was last updated on Apr 23, 2014
SB 658 would have prevented counties or municipalities from adopting any ordinances or other policies that regulate crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs).
The bill specified that the constitutions and laws of the United States and Missouri must be interpreted, construed, applied, and enforced to fully protect the rights of an alternatives-to-abortion agency and its officers, agents, employees, and volunteers to freely assemble and to freely engage in religious practices and speech without governmental interference.
CPCs have come under increased scrutiny over the last several years, as investigations have revealed that centers across the country have provided inaccurate information and neglected to follow proper medical protocols. (Source.)
After public hearing on January 15, 2014, this bill was voted “do pass” by the House Health Care Committee and the House Rules Committee, but the bill ultimately failed.