BEYOND DISAPPOINTED IN THE MISSOURI LEGISLATURE
During the September veto session, the Missouri Senate proved they will stop at nothing when it comes to passing abortion restrictions. When faced with unprecedented opposition to the 72 hour mandatory delay bill, they dusted off a rarely used parliamentary procedure to cut off debate and force a vote on the bill. This new law only serves to punish women who seek access to legal and safe abortion at the ONE provider in the entire state, which is located in St. Louis.
Missouri women travel an average of nearly 100 miles for an abortion, and this unnecessary burden will result in economic hardships for women who must arrange childcare, take time off work, arrange transportation, and pay for hotel stays. Remember, it is an election year. Get out the vote and elect politicians who will stand up for women’s health!
Despite the outcome of this veto session, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Missouri is thankful for all of the work our supporters put into this veto campaign! Your letters to the editor, emails, calls into offices, attendance at in-districts meetings with legislators, social media actions, and your attendance at the #StandWithMOWomen rally with nearly 400 people was amazing. Thank you for your commitment to our mission. Onward, we won’t go back!
- Mother Jones: GOP Moderates Secret Confession: We were afraid to vote against extreme abortion bill
- New York Times: Missouri Enacts 72-Hour Wait for Abortion
- Kansas City Star: Missouri triples waiting period for abortion as both sides of fight react
- Columbia Tribune: Lawmakers override veto to enact 72-hour wait for abortion
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Legislators disregard women’s autonomy to make well informed decisions
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Veto override is a giant leap backward for Missouri
HOW TO GET A BETTER LEGISLATURE? VOTE ON NOVEMBER 4TH!
Many of the legislators who voted to take Missouri backward by overriding the Governor’s veto of the mandatory delay bill have good pro-women’s health candidates running against them. With 70% of Missourians saying that they wanted the legislature to focus on jobs and the economy and let the veto stand, we must let voters know which candidates they can count on. With so many exciting state House and Senate races across Missouri, we have the opportunity to shape our state legislature. Our time and energy can ensure that pro-women’s health candidates win in November, but it will take a lot of donations, door knocking, and call time to get us there.
- EMILY’s List & Planned Parenthood Action Fund Poll: Women’s Health will be a Top Motivator for Key Voters in November Election
- To Get Involved Contact the Planned Parenthood Organizer Nearest to You:
UMMM, SERIOUSLY? MISSOURI CAN DO BETTER
Missouri House Representative Paul Wieland is suing the Obama administration, claiming his religious freedom is being violated when it comes to free birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Under the ACA, children can remain on their parent’s insurance up to the age of 27. Rep. Wieland and his wife have three daughters who are 13, 18, and 19. This is getting ridiculous.
Women’s preventive care — including birth control — is basic health care. This shouldn’t be a revolutionary idea, but unfortunately, it is to some and birth control has become increasingly politicized. Ninety-nine percent of women between the ages of 15 and 44 who are sexually active have used birth control at some point, and a majority of Americans (70%) believe insurance companies should cover the full cost of birth control, just as they do for other preventive services.
- Huffington Post: Missouri Lawmaker Suing Federal Government To Keep Daughters From Accessing Birth Control
- ThinkProgress: The Strange Case Of A Father Who Sued The Obama Administration To Keep His Daughters From Getting Birth Control
- The Week Magazine: Missouri state rep. is suing the Obama administration to stop his daughters from getting birth control
- MSNBC: Missouri lawmaker suing to deny daughters birth control access
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