Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden criticizes a legislative move to eliminate funding for Missouri's family planning services.
The funding has been controversial in previous years. And the Legislature's anti-abortion majority has sought to prohibit part of the money from going to Planned Parenthood, which also offers abortions.
House Budget Chairman Carl Bearden has eliminated state family planning grants from the next year's proposed budget. He cites the state's continued budget troubles.
St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Archbishop Justin Rigali informed area Catholic clergy Tuesday that he will undergo surgery next week for prostate cancer. After a routine physical exam showed the presence of cancerous cells, Rigali and his doctors decided he will have his prostate removed on March 19.
Vicar General Monsignor Richard Stika says Rigali is asking for prayers.
At this time tests give no indication that the cancer has spread.
Jefferson City, MO – By nearly a three-to-one margin, the Missouri Senate today sent the House a bill to allow parents to sue anyone who enables a minor daughter to have an abortion without their consent.
For example, a boyfriend or school counselor could be liable for providing money or transportation for a girl to have an abortion.
The bill limits damages to $1,000.
In Illinois, under-age girls from neighboring Missouri can have legal abortions without parental consent.
Edwardsville, Ill. – Closing arguments have started in a tobacco lawsuit in Madison County.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports prosecutors are expected to ask for $21 billion, saying the company defrauded Illinoisans over two light cigarettes. The lawsuit contends Phillip Morris knew smokers would just smoke more of them to get the same amount of nicotine and tar.
The News-Democrat also reports if Phillip Morris loses the case, it plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, if needed.