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Last week saw more movement for 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. The bill was passed out of both a standing committee and a select committee last week and is now on the House calendar for perfection.
There was also action on SB 302, an anti-women’s health bill sponsored by Sen. Jeanie Riddle (R-10). The bill would require a woman seeking an abortion outside of Missouri to be sent the state-scripted informed consent materials that include medically inaccurate information designed to try to change her mind and induce shame. It was passed out of committee and is now on the Senate calendar for perfection.
Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri: 2015 Bill Summary
Medicaid Day of Action a Success
On Thursday, hundreds of Missourians packed the halls of the Capitol urging legislators to have the debate and expand Medicaid. This powerful day of action included circling the Senate chamber while activists chanted and sang songs urging the legislature to expand Medicaid.
- Progress Missouri: Eleven reasons the Medicaid Coalition’s Day of Action Ruled
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Throngs of people seeking Medicaid expansion delay Missouri Senate debate
- Progress Missouri: Video of Medicaid Coalition’s Day of Action
- PoliticMo: As activists flood halls for Medicaid expansion, Missouri Senate passes premium assistance for farmers
Women’s History Month
March is Women’s History Month. We hope you’ll join us and the many other advocates across the state in celebrating women’s history by asking politicians right here in Missouri: Are you for progress and opportunity for all Missourians — or do you want to leave half the population behind?
We’re at a critical moment. A recent report from the Guttmacher Institute found that more than half (57 percent) of American women of reproductive age now live in a state that is hostile to their health and rights. Studies have also shown that before the Affordable Care Act, women struggled to afford birth control and as a result used it inconsistently.
We must keep moving forward on women’s health — not backward.
- Planned Parenthood Federation of America: Declare your support: My Health. My Life. No Matter What.
- Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri: Tell your legislators to protect women’s health and support Medicaid expansion
- Bustle: It’s Women’s History Month, And Here Are 7 Worthwhile Ways To Celebrate
P.S. It is your support that drives us to fight for reproductive rights and allows us to provide vital health services to those in our community. Help be there for women, men, and teens in our community by making a tax-deductible donation. DONATE