Monthly Monitor: July 2015

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

Sex Education Victory in Missouri

On July 14, Governor Nixon signed a bill that will add much needed information about Internet safety and the dangers of sexting into Missouri’s optional sex education law. This bill is a great first step, but we can and will do more to give our young people access to the comprehensive sex education they deserve.

Please join me in signing this petition in support of comprehensive sex education in 2016.

Aggressive Scam Video Campaign Against Planned Parenthood: What You Need to Know

As many of you know, there is a dangerous smear campaign underway full of outrageous and untrue claims from an extremist anti-abortion group about programs that help women donate fetal tissue for medical research. The people who produced the video went to extraordinary lengths to try to discredit Planned Parenthood. This was a long-term effort on the part of callous and unethical individuals who are so rabidly anti-woman and anti-abortion that they would run afoul of the law in an effort to move forward their goal of outlawing all abortion in the United States.

As you can imagine, we are working to set the record straight against these false claims. In Missouri, three separate government entities have announced plans to investigate. We will continue to keep you informed if other videos are released in the future or if anything further develops. Please check out the links below.

Congress Proposes Slashing Title X, the Nation’s Family Planning Program: What You Can Do to Help

Recently, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies approved a $153 billion fiscal year 2016 funding proposal that illustrates our opponents’ extreme and harmful agenda.

The bill:

  1. Eliminates all funding for Title X – the nation’s family planning program, cutting family planning services, well-woman exams, lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, and testing and treatments for sexually transmitted infections that nearly 4.6 million people, including approximately 1.5 million Planned Parenthood patients, currently rely on. Eighty-one percent of American voters support continuing the efforts of the Title X family planning program ( link ).
  2. Eliminates nearly all federal funding for teen pregnancy prevention and sex education programs.
  3. Adds extreme provisions that will allow bosses to deny women access to any health care services for which they morally object, as well as impede women’s access to all of their reproductive health care options.
  4. Continues to carry all existing policy riders that restrict access to reproductive health care, including the Hyde amendment that withholds federal Medicaid funding for abortion with limited exceptions.

TAKE ACTION: Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) is on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Call his office and tell him efforts to reduce or to eliminate federal funding for Title X is outrageous and unacceptable!

Senator Blunt: (202) 224-5721

EACH Woman Act Introduced: Proactive Bill on Abortion Coverage

On July 8, 2015, Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA-13), Diana DeGette (D-CO-1), and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9), along with nearly 70 co-sponsors, introduced the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Woman Act. The EACH Woman Act is a groundbreaking proactive bill that seeks to end restrictions on abortion coverage in public and private health care programs. By lifting abortion coverage restrictions, such as the Hyde Amendment, the EACH Woman Act would ensure that each woman — no matter where she lives, her income level, or insurance coverage — can make her own decisions about her own pregnancy and get the care she needs without political interference. This proactive bill is an important answer to our opponents’ relentless efforts to expand the Hyde Amendment in the 114th Congress.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates strongly support the EACH Woman Act, and will help to raise awareness of the bill and the harms imposed by abortion coverage restrictions, which has a disproportionate impact on low-income women and women of color. We will keep you posted on this landmark legislation!

Big Wins for Marriage Equality and the Affordable Care Act

On June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court, in King v. Burwell, upheld a key component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that helps make insurance affordable in all 50 states, regardless of the type of health insurance marketplace in the state. Thanks to this decision, millions of women and families in all 50 states can continue to access financial assistance that has helped them afford health coverage – many for the first time – including access to affordable birth control, maternity and prenatal care, and mammograms. Planned Parenthood will continue to fight to protect the law and ensure that everyone — no matter where they live or how much money they have — has access to basic health care.

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitutional right to marriage extends to same-sex marriage. This historic ruling is a major victory for LGBTQ equality and a tremendous step forward for this country, which has seen extraordinary progress on LGBTQ issues in the past 10 years. This progress is rooted in principles that also underlie reproductive rights: that politicians should not get to decide what you do with your body or what your family looks like, and that rights in this country should not depend on the state you live in. We know that this progress will only continue. Planned Parenthood believes that reproductive rights are deeply connected to LGBTQ rights and is proud to be a provider of health care and information for so many in the LGBTQ community.

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
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