Monday Monitor: April 27, 2015

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Stand with Missouri Women Coalition Lobby Day

2015 Coalition Lobby Day group shot

On April 22nd, Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri joined a coalition of organizations for the Stand with Missouri Women Lobby Day. Over sixty participants were briefed on the budget, comprehensive sex education, and the expansion of misinformed consent across state lines bill (SB 302).

After many legislator meetings, participants sat in on the Senate Education committee hearing of SB 418—Sen. Chappelle-Nadal’s (D-14) comprehensive sex education bill.  Several participants delivered moving, personal testimony to the committee, including a student from McClure North High School, an educator who experienced abstinence-only sex education herself as a teen, and the executive director of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Partnership. Join us on May 7 for Missouri Statewide Lobby Day!

Update on State Budget and Cuts to Critical Services

Last week, your calls, emails, and in-person lobbying made a huge impact on the proposed cuts to mental health and social services in the state budget. You helped generate over 6,000 contacts to the legislature! These efforts paid off and forced the Senate to restore most of the proposed cuts to health, mental health, senior services, and social services. The final budget passed by the legislature is far from perfect. It contains some unnecessary cuts and a blatant lack of Medicaid expansion.

Status of ‘Hyde and Sneak’ and the Human Trafficking Bill

After a politically motivated attempt to restrict abortion, the U.S. Senate passed the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.

This bill, intended to support human trafficking survivors, became a fight about the Hyde Amendment, a decades old law that bans federal funding of abortion. Anti-women’s health politicians snuck an expanded version of the Hyde Amendment into the bill. This version would have applied the ban on federal funding of abortion to private dollars raised to support survivors.

Fortunately, the actions of nearly 40,000 Planned Parenthood supporters and pro-women’s health U.S. Senate Champions stopped the Hyde expansion and helped pass a bill that opens new lines of support for survivors.

The fight is not over, as the Hyde Amendment continues to be the status quo, even for trafficking survivors. Planned Parenthood is committed to ultimately repeal this terrible policy. Once again, grassroots efforts stopped dangerous restrictions to women’s health care. Thank you for your efforts in this fight.


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