Monday Monitor: April 6, 2015

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Springfield, MO Votes on Discrimination Tuesday, April 7th

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. An opposition group wants to take away these protections and allow hard working Missourians to be fired, denied housing and access to public accommodations simply for being gay or transgender.

On Tuesday, the citizens of Springfield will have a chance to say no to discrimination.

Senators Stood up for Missouri Women During Debate

Last Tuesday the Missouri Senate debated SB 302, which is an anti-women’s health bill that would expand Missouri’s misinformed consent process across state lines. During the 40 minute debate, four pro-women’s health senators were able to stand up for their constituents. Senators Keaveny, LeVota, Schupp, and Sifton spoke out against the bill until it was placed on the informal calendar. It could come up again at any time, but our Senate Champions stand ready to keep challenging this bill intended to shame and coerce women seeking abortion outside Missouri.

Let’s take a few minutes to thank the Senators below for standing up for women’s health. Check out our Senate Bill 302 Fact Sheet if you want to learn more before sending a message.

Senators Debate Medicaid

On Tuesday, the Senate also began the debate on Medicaid expansion. During the two hour debate, it was apparent that some legislators do not understand why Medicaid expansion is so important for the health of Missourians and our communities. Expanding Medicaid will allow nearly 300,000 Missourians to get health insurance, generate thousands of new jobs across the state, and save the state money.

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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