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Join us for Planned Parenthood Statewide Lobby Day on May 7!
This year alone, the Missouri General Assembly has introduced nearly two dozen anti-women’s health bills. Join us at the Capitol on Thursday, May 7 to meet with legislators and let them know protecting women’s health is a legislative priority and Missourians will not stand for these attacks. This is our final Lobby Day of the year and a great opportunity to get involved. No volunteer experience is necessary to attend Lobby Day. Carpools are organized from Columbia, Kansas City, Springfield, and St. Louis.
HB 501 and Why We Need More for Sex Education
Last week, the Missouri Senate passed HB 501, a bill requiring sex education course materials to contain information regarding sexual predators, online predators, and the consequences of inappropriate text messaging. This is an important step for sex education in Missouri schools, but we still need comprehensive, fact-based sex education in our schools, contained in SB 418, sponsored by Senator Chapelle-Nadal (D-14, St. Louis).
The Senate Education Committee heard testimony on SB 418 on April 22. We need to keep the momentum around SB 418 going! We are asking you to call Senator David Pearce (R-21) to thank him for hearing the bill and to urge him to advance the bill out of Committee. Senator Pearce can be reached at (573) 751-2272.
- Progress Missouri: Video of SB 418 Hearing
- Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri: SB 418 Fact Sheet
- The Atlantic: What Schools Should Teach Kids about Sex Ed
- SIECUS: Comprehensive Sex Education Fact Sheet
Governor Nixon Vetoes SB 24
Last week, Gov. Nixon vetoed SB 24, which would have negatively affected thousands of vulnerable Missourians by cutting lifetime limits on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program.
Additionally, the bill would have required the Department of Social Services to set aside a percentage of TANF funds to fund alternatives to abortion programs. These programs fund Pregnancy Resource or Crisis Pregnancy Centers among other things. Crisis Pregnancy Centers do not meet the standard of care for women’s health services. The information they provide is unregulated, biased and often false. Furthermore, these centers continually put ideology before women’s health. Diverting funds to them, especially funds meant for vulnerable populations, is not sound policy for Missouri.
- PoliticMO: Nixon vetoes bill citing concern it would boot children from welfare rolls
- News-Leader: Missouri governor vetoes bill cutting welfare benefits
- Ozarks First: Gov. Nixon Vetoes Limits to Welfare Benefits
- Cosmopolitan: An inside look at a pregnancy center conference
- Huffington Post Politics: What I learned undercover at a crisis pregnancy center
- NARAL: Exposing Anti-Choice Crisis Pregnancy Centers
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