Earlier this year, the Missouri Legislature passed a budget that rejects $8 million in federal family planning dollars in an effort to keep Planned Parenthood from receiving any of those funds to provide preventive health care services like annual exams, birth control, and services to diagnose and treat sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Now that the anti-Planned Parenthood legislation passed, Gov. Nixon has decided he has no choice but to suspend the federally funded Women’s Health Services Program and spend state funds for a similar program, which excludes Planned Parenthood. Before suspending the program, the state must allow the public 30 days to comment on their plan.
We need supporters – like you – to tell Gov. Nixon and the Department of Social Services that Missourians deserve access to quality health care and should be able to access medical care from trusted providers, like Planned Parenthood. Missourians who need access to care should not be caught in the political crosshairs.
Targeted Restrictions of Abortion Providers (TRAP laws) like the ones that the Supreme Court just struck down in Texas have nothing to do with protecting women’s health and everything to do with stopping women from accessing abortion.
We’ve had enough of Sen. Schaefer’s schemes to punish Missourians, invade privacy, and attack our rights.
When Kurt Schaefer ran for Senate, he described himself as a moderate who wouldn’t play politics. Now he’s attacking Missourians’ access to health care to score political points with extremists.
Sen. Schaefer has:
- Pushed legislation that would take vital health care services like birth control and annual exams away from thousands of Missourians.
- Cut access to safe, legal abortion care in Mid-Missouri.
- Tried to force Planned Parenthood to turn over private patient information, violating federal law.
During the 2016 legislative session, hundreds of Missourians met with and called legislators, thousands sent petitions and emails, and hundreds of thousands were engaged on social media. As a result, none of the nearly 30 bills restricting access to reproductive health passed.
Thank you for your hard work and support.
Read our full 2016 bill summary.