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No Repeal Springfield
In October of 2014, the Springfield City Council passed a bill to amend the current non-discrimination ordinance by adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected categories in employment, housing, and public accommodations. That November, an opposition group turned in signatures for a ballot referendum to attempt to take away these protections so that people could be fired, denied housing and access to public accommodations simply for being gay or transgender. Advocates, the Political Arm of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri is working with the No Repeal Campaign to fight the repeal and defend these protections for all Springfieldians, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
- No Repeal Campaign
- Springfield News-Leader: Letter: Vote ‘no’ to keep nondiscrimination ordinance protecting LGBT community
- Springfield News-Leader: Pokin Around: Gender identity and the bathroom debate
- Springfield News-Leader: How does Springfield’s expanded nondiscrimination ordinance work?
On Monday, March 9th, the House Committee on Emerging Issues in Education heard Rep. Genise Monticello’s (D-92) pro-women’s health bill. HB 501 would expand the current sex education curriculum to include information about sexual predators, online predators, and the consequences of inappropriate text messaging. A youth advocate from Teen Advocates for Sexual Health (TASH), made the trip to the Capitol to give a moving testimony in favor of the bill. Earlier this afternoon, the bill was voted ‘do pass’ out of the committee and will move on to the select committee on Thursday.
- Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri: 2015 Bill Summary
- OzarkFirst.com: Missouri House Considers Adding Online Safety to Sex Ed
In the U.S. Senate, a group of senators is twisting a bipartisan bill meant to protect victims of human trafficking to push their anti-abortion agenda. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) has taken a bill to expand protections for victims of human trafficking, and inserted language to withhold funding for safe, legal abortion. Victims deserve care — not political attacks.
- Planned Parenthood: Sign the petition to tell the Senate: Stop using human trafficking victims to push your anti-abortion agenda
- Time: How a Human Trafficking Bill Became a Debate About Abortion
- CBS News: GOP threatens AG vote over alleged abortion rider in bill
- Bustle: Mitch McConnell Delays Loretta Lynch Confirmation Over Human Trafficking Bill (That Has Anti-Abortion Terms In It)
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