Monday Monitor: January 25, 2016

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

Sex Ed Lobby Day *this* Wednesday

Our first lobby day of the 2016 legislative session is this Wednesday. We’ll be focusing on the need for sex education in our state. Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D-University City) has filed legislation that would bring comprehensive, medically accurate, and age-appropriate sex education to our schools. We’ll be talking to legislators and asking them to support the measure,SB 672. Never lobbied before? No problem! We will teach you everything you need to know right in the Capitol. Register for Sex Ed Lobby Day now!

We will have a total of five lobby days this session, with one set for each month.

  • Wednesday, January 27 – Sex Ed Lobby Day
  • Tuesday, February 23
  • Wednesday, March 30
  • Tuesday, April 12 – Women’s Equality Lobby Day
  • Thursday, May 5

Hearing Recap: HB 1370 – Teen Endangerment

The House Children and Families Committee held a hearing last Tuesday on HB 1370, a bill creating more hurdles for teens seeking abortion. Missouri law currently requires a teen get consent from at least one parent before an abortion. This bill would require the second parent to be notified of the abortion beforehand. Parents rightfully want to be involved in their teens’ lives, and the good news is that most teens do go to their parents when faced with an unintended pregnancy. However, laws like this risk the health and safety of teens who face abuse and violence at home. Research shows these measures do not increase family communication and can put teens’ health and safety at risk.

.The bill sponsor, Rep. Miller (R-Lake Ozark), responded to concerns about teens in abusive situations by saying, “Nothing’s guaranteed in this life.” Representatives from Planned Parenthood, ACLU of Missouri and NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri each testified in opposition to the bill.

ACA Open Enrollment Ends on January 31

It’s not too late to sign up for health insurance! The open enrollment period is an opportunity for individuals and families to sign up for health insurance coverage. The deadline to enroll during this period is Sunday, January 31.

ACA Assisters working out of Planned Parenthood Health Centers across the state have helped thousands of Missourians sign up for insurance plans and gain access to health care coverage. Nationwide, nearly 19 million Americans have gained health care coverage under the Affordable

Commemorating Roe at 43

Friday saw the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case holding that abortion is a fundamental right. Events were held in both Columbia and St. Louis Last week. Mid-Missouri supporters gathered on Friday night as part of a nationwide Abortion Speakout campaign led by Advocates for Youth. Women shared their stories in a conscious effort to defy the shame and stigma surrounding abortion.

On Saturday, abortion-rights advocates gathered in St. Louis to celebrate Roe. Advocates spoke about their experiences with abortion as patients, providers, supporters, and volunteer clinic escorts. The event was organized by the Freedom of Choice Council, a coalition of groups including Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, Sistahs Talkin’ Back, ACLU of Missouri, Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice, the National Council of Jewish Women – St. Louis Section, Missouri Women’s Network, and the new Gateway Women’s Access Fund.

Roe events are also planned for Kansas City and Springfield on January 27 and February 2, respectively. You can RSVP below.

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 us be there for women, men, and teens in our community by making a tax-deductible donation. DONATE today!

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