Monday Monitor: January 26, 2015

Editor’s note: This week, we’re set to see public hearings for the first of the dozen anti-women’s health bills that have been proposed in Missouri this year. If you haven’t already, please send a message to your legislator and tell them to help Missourians by expanding Medicaid instead of attacking women’s health. And if you’ve already acted, please share this on Facebook or Twitter.

Tim Lumpkins
Statewide Digital & Data Coordinator
Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri


Contact: M’Evie Mead, 314-531-7526 x348, mevie.mead@ppslr.org

3 Anti-Women’s Health Bills Being Heard Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the House Committee on Children and Families is scheduled to hold public hearings for three anti-women’s health bills. HB 81, Anderson (R-131) Springfield, would require the Department of Health and Senior Services to create additional administrative barriers through a duplicative parental notification process that could delay or decrease teens’ access to abortion. HB 99, Miller (R-124) Osage Beach, would require two parent, written notice prior to an abortion for a minor. The bill would also prohibit the regulation of Pregnancy Resource Centers, which are on record for providing false and misleading information, while abortion providers adhere to more than 30 laws and regulations. HB 124, Black (R-117) Desloge, would require the Department of Health and Senior Services to create a video that contains all of the information required to be provided to a woman considering an abortion. Read our 2015 Bill Summary for more detail on each bill.

Teens Lobby for Comprehensive Sex Education

On the same day that the House Committee on Children and Families will hold public hearings for three anti-women’s health bills, Teen Advocates for Sexual Health (TASH) and advocates from across the state will gather in Jefferson City to call on their legislators to stop attacking women’s access to health care and to instead support comprehensive sex education. Follow PPMO on Twitter for updates on lobby day as it happens.

U.S. House Passes Anti-Women’s Health Bill on 42nd Anniversary of Roe

On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on H.R. 7, a bill that would raise taxes by denying women and families whose health insurance plans include abortion coverage the federal tax credits they are entitled to under the Affordable Care Act. This bill is not a simple restatement of current law. This bill fails to recognize the special rules set out in the Affordable Care Act that ensure federal financial assistance is not used to pay for abortion services, except in the case of rape, incest and life endangerment. Plans in the Marketplace that offer abortion coverage must separate monies used for abortion from all federal contributions for health insurance. The President issued a veto threat on this exact bill last Congress, saying that, “The legislation would intrude on women’s reproductive freedom and access to health care; increase the financial burden on many Americans; unnecessarily restrict the private insurance choices that consumers have today, and restrict the District of Columbia’s use of local funds, which undermines home rule.”

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