Monthly Monitor: June 2015

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

Sex Education Update: Take Action Today!

On April 28, the Missouri Legislature 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 toward getting Missouri students the comprehensive sex education that they deserve. The bill was delivered to Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk on May 27, and he has yet to sign it into law.

Urge Gov. Nixon to sign HB 501 today

In addition to communicating the need to sign important internet safety measures into law, we are asking Gov. Nixon to continue moving sex education forward to protect Missouri students. For the first time since 2009, no new anti-women’s health legislation became law in Missouri. This is a HUGE win for our state. We must keep the momentum around comprehensive sex education going. We need your voice to ensure that Gov. Nixon knows you support medically accurate, age-appropriate comprehensive sex education because it has been shown to be effective in delaying the start of sexual intercourse, reducing the number of sexual partners, and increasing contraception and condom use among teens.

Speak up in support of sex ed today

Show your PRIDE across Missouri this summer!

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PRIDE festivals are taking place across the state of Missouri this summer, with many events scheduled in June to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the event that sparked the modern LGBT rights movement. At the time leading up to the Stonewall riots, the LGBT community experienced fierce discrimination: police kept records of LGBT people, the U.S. Postal Service kept track of their addresses, and establishments known to welcome members of the LGBT community were shut down and their customers arrested and exposed in newspapers (often resulting in loss of employment or assault). Being gay or bisexual was considered a mental disorder, and sexual activity between people of the same sex was criminalized.

Planned Parenthood believes that reproductive rights are deeply connected to LGBT rights and is proud to be a provider for so many in the LGBT community. We care passionately about helping women, men, and young people lead healthy lives, no matter who they are and no matter where they live.

Check out our full listing below to find your local PRIDE celebration:

KANSAS CITY

The Kansas City Pride Festival took place on June 6th and 7th at Berkley Riverfront Park. Volunteers and staff spoke with hundreds of advocates during the two day event. Supporters also participated on social media by taking photos with signs saying why they are proud. Check out some of the photos from the event here.

SPRINGFIELD

Greater Ozarks Pridefest

  • Saturday, June 20th, 11am-9pm
  • Park Central Square, Springfield, MO
  • All volunteers get a FREE Pride Shirt.
  • Sign up HERE to volunteer!

ST. LOUIS

Metro East Pridefest 2015

  • Saturday, June 20th, 12pm-10pm
  • Downtown Historic District, Belleville, IL

Tower Grove Pride

  • Saturday, June 27, 12pm-9pm
  • S. Grand at Hartford and Ritz Park

Pride St. Louis

  • Saturday, June 27 11am-9:30;
    Sunday, June 28 11am-7:30pm, Parade begins at NOON
  • Soldiers Memorial Park, 1315 Chestnut Street, Downtown St. Louis
  • Contact tim.williams@ppslr.org to volunteer for any St. Louis Pride events

COLUMBIA

Mid-MO Pridefest

  • Saturday, August 22, 11am-9pm
  • Park Avenue and Orr Street, Downtown Columbia
  • Contact christine.fouts@ppkm.org to volunteer at Mid-MO Pridefest

King v. Burwell: Join Healthcare Advocates on Decision Day

King v. Burwell is a court challenge to a core component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that endangers the assistance the law provides for millions of low- and middle-income Americans who live in states that did not set up their own health insurance marketplaces. The Supreme Court is expected to deliver a ruling on King v. Burwell in late June.

In Missouri, 253,430 people enrolled in health insurance on the federally-facilitated marketplace. Of those enrollees, 88% or 222,559 individuals received a premium assistance tax credit. This Supreme Court decision could put hundreds of thousands of Missourians’ healthcare coverage in jeopardy–and like many attacks on the ACA, this one would have a disproportionate impact on women, specifically women of color. Please see below for an event in your area to stand with other healthcare advocates.

Time: 5:30 PM
Date: The day the Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell is released (TBA)
Locations:

  • Columbia: Central Missouri Community Action, 807 N. Providence Road
  • Festus: Disability Resource Association, 130 Brandon Wallace Way
  • Joplin: Joplin Community Clinic, 701 S Joplin Ave
  • Kansas City: Amethyst Place, 2732 Troost Ave # A
  • Springfield: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 2434 E Battlefield
  • St. Louis: Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman Ave.
  • West Plains: TBA

Please contact Suzy Day, Director of Outreach and Advocacy at the Missouri Family Health Council, with questions or to register for any of these events.

Recent News about Declining Abortion Rates

The most comprehensive report on abortion access is published periodically by the Guttmacher Institute, whose most recent report found that abortion rates declined 13 percent between 2008 and 2011, to its lowest levels since 1973, when Roe v. Wade was decided.

We can’t say with certainty what caused abortion to go down, but we do know that birth control and sex education are the most important factors in reducing unintended pregnancy and the need for abortion. We believe the decrease in abortion has more to do the expansion of access to birth control and increased use of the most reliable methods of birth control than laws that restrict access to safe and legal abortion.

States restricting abortion are often also restricting access to birth control, cutting family planning funding, and in some cases are dealing with external factors that contribute to a rise in the need for abortion. Whether or not overall numbers go down or up, state laws restricting abortion have a real and very negative impact on women’s lives — and they don’t make abortion safer.

Finally, the need for safe and legal abortion won’t go away — that’s why Planned Parenthood is doubling down to ensure this care remains accessible in areas of the greatest need.

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
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