Monday Monitor: March 23, 2015

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

Moving Legislation

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.

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.

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.

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

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