Monthly Monitor: October 2015

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

Mizzou Community Outraged at University’s Decision to cut ties with Planned Parenthood

In response to political pressure from Senator Kurt Schaefer’s “Sanctity of Life” Committee, the University of Missouri eliminated refer and follow privileges for physicians and cancelled contracts that allowed MU nursing and medical students to train with the experts in women’s health at Planned Parenthood. Unless they restore the privileges, abortion access will end in mid-Missouri, and once again, there will be just one place in the state where women can get an abortion – at Planned Parenthood in St. Louis.

The university’s action sparked outrage from faculty, students, alumni, and members of the community. Over 1,000 attended a rally in support of Planned Parenthood and in opposition to MU’s action. A group of concerned faculty delivered a petition signed by over 200 faculty and students to Chancellor Loftin. Hundreds more have signed a petition from the local MU4PP group and Planned Parenthood, which will be delivered in a face-to-face meeting with Chancellor Loftin next week on November 3rd!

Attorney General Clears Planned Parenthood in Missouri

Attorney General Chris Koster announced the results of a thorough investigation which found that Planned Parenthood followed all laws and regulations related to fetal tissue. The report added Missouri to the growing number of states from across the country that have cleared Planned Parenthood affiliates or declined to investigate altogether. The result of the investigation is welcome, but not surprising given that Planned Parenthood has said from the beginning that the claims that Planned Parenthood profits in any way from tissue donation or illegal activity were simply not true.

Despite AG Report Clearing Planned Parenthood, Missouri legislative interim committees vow to continue grandstanding

Leaders of the Missouri House and Senate interim committees have vowed to continue their political attacks on Planned Parenthood, based on a series of deceptively edited videos. The only reason to continue spending tax dollars on what has been called a “witch hunt,” given the conclusive evidence discrediting their claims, is to use the committees to further their personal political careers and agenda to end access to safe, legal abortion in the state. This is not what Missourians want elected officials to spend their time doing.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD SUPPORTERS PAINT MISSOURI PINK

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On September 29th, over 1,500 Missouri supporters gathered at events in Columbia, Kansas City, St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson City, Springfield, and Washington, DC to stand up to unprecedented attacks against women’s health and Planned Parenthood. Missourians sent a clear message — they are sick of baseless political attacks against Planned Parenthood and women’s access to health care.

The Missouri events were part of a national day of action that turned the country pink with nearly 300 events held in 90 cities — all to fight back against the unprecedented attacks against Planned Parenthood and reproductive health care. Dubbed “National Pink Out Day,” volunteers, allies, and supporters wore pink, attended events, held rallies, led sex-ed teach ins, provided free STD testing and gathered in masses to stand with Planned Parenthood in all 50 states.

Pink Out Day also saw hundreds of Missouri supporters fighting back on social media. All day, hundreds of students and volunteers tweeted under the hashtag #MU4PP. Over 356,538 people saw the overwhelming Missouri support for Planned Parenthood on their Twitter pages. The hashtag #PinkOut trended in the top 3 nationally and in the top 7 globally.

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