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Successful Sex Ed Lobby Day!
Our first lobby day of 2016 was last Wednesday and it was an all-around success! Sixty supporters—including more than 30 high school students—traveled to Jefferson City to talk with legislators about the need for comprehensive and medically accurate sex education.
We will have four more lobby days this session: February 23, March 30, April 12, and May 5. Mark your calendars and plan to join us!
- Missouri Times: Students Lobby for Improved Sex Ed
- Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri: Register for our Lobby Days
Investigations and Indictments
A Texas grand jury has indicted two ringleaders of the anti-abortion front group responsible for disseminating deceptively edited and widely discredited videos last year. The grand jury had been tasked with investigating Planned Parenthood. It concluded that Planned Parenthood abides by all applicable laws and regulations and instead issued indictments of the ringleaders for fraudulent acts.
Back in Missouri, the House committees that investigated Planned Parenthood have issued their report. It found no wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood, but still recommended that funding be “reprioritized” to deprive Missourians’ ability to seek care at Planned Parenthood health centers. The Democratic members of the committee issued a minority report in response.
- NPR: Anti-Abortion Activists Indicted on Felony Charges in Planned Parenthood Case
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: A Twist Ending for Planned Parenthood
- KOMU 8: MO House issues recommendations on Planned Parenthood
Celebrating Roe at 43
Forty-three years ago the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion nationwide. With reproductive rights and reproductive health care under attack now more than ever, advocates across the state have gathered together to celebrate Roe and recommit to defending abortion access.
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Kansas and Mid-Missouri’s MoKANPAC held a fundraiser to commemorate Roe and present the Kansas City Metro 2015 Outstanding Volunteer award to Pam Richardson. Springfield’s celebration will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, February 2. You can RSVP to attend below.
- Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri: 2015 Outstanding Volunteers of the Year
- February 2 Roe Celebration in Springfield: RSVP to Kelsey
Supreme Court Strikes Down Extreme Abortion Bans
Last month the Supreme Court struck down two extreme “heartbeat bills” designed to restrict access to abortion. In 2013, the Arkansas Legislature passed a law banning abortion after 12 weeks. The Supreme Court refused to hear the case, effectively upholding the District Court’s ruling that the ban unconstitutionally restricted abortion before viability. “Arkansas politicians cannot pick and choose which parts of the Constitution they want to uphold,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, a plaintiff in the lawsuit.
Separately, the nation’s high court struck down a more extreme “heartbeat bill” in North Dakota. The law prohibited abortion as early as six weeks—before many women even know they’re pregnant. As with the Arkansas law, the Supreme Court refused to hear the case. This left in place the District Court’s ruling, which said, “no state may deprive a woman of the choice to terminate her pregnancy at a point prior to viability.”
- Associated Press: US Supreme Court Rejects Arkansas Bid to Revive Abortion Law
- NPR News: Supreme Court Rejects North Dakota’s Bid to Save Strict Abortion Law
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