Monday Monitor: March 7, 2016

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Missourians Travel to D.C. for Supreme Court Abortion Case

Three Missouri women traveled to Washington, D.C. last week for the biggest abortion rights case in 20 years, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Jackie Casteel of Columbia, along with Ellen Dempsher and Sarah Birdsall of St. Louis, shared their abortion stories and rallied with nearly 4,000 advocates from across the nation in support of access to safe and legal abortion.

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Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri’s Bonyen Lee-Gilmore traveled along and chronicled the trip on PPKM’s blog and on social media with #PPKM2SCOTUS.

HB 1370 Endangers Teen Health

The Missouri House may soon debate HB 1370, a bill mandating two-parent notice before a teen can get an abortion. This would add to Missouri’s current law that requires teens to have the consent of at least one parent before getting an abortion. We all want parents to be involved in their teens’ lives, and most teens do go to their parents when faced with an unintended pregnancy. However, measures like HB 1370 endanger the health and safety of teens who face violence, abuse or a culture of shame at home. No law can mandate healthy family communication.

Leading medical authorities including the American Medical Association, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Public Health Association oppose forced parental involvement laws like HB 1370 because they do not keep teens safe. Scientific evidence shows such bills fail to increase family communication and can cause a scared teen to take measures into their own hands instead of seeking professional health care.

Missouri Senate Debates Abortion Ban

Twice the Missouri Senate has debated SB 802, which bans abortion in cases of a Down syndrome diagnosis or possible diagnosis. This bill cynically uses people with disabilities to further extremist politicians’ goal of restricting access to safe and legal abortion however possible.

Parents of children with Down syndrome have spoken out against similar measures, pointing out that banning abortion does not improve the lives of people with disabilities or address the very real concerns about disability-based discrimination in our society. Rather than intervening in a family’s personal and private medical decision, our legislators should support programs that would actually make Missouri a place where people with disabilities and their families can thrive. Legislators should prioritize initiatives like First Steps, paid family leave, and ensuring people with disabilities can both work and access health care without being trapped in poverty.

Dangerous SB 644 up for Debate Anytime

Senate Bill 644 is a targeted regulation of abortion providers (TRAP) bill. It would further restrict access to safe and legal abortion by adding to Missouri’s already long list of medically unnecessary requirements on providers. It may be brought up for debate in the Senate anytime.Listen to live debate on the Senate website and follow along on Twitter with the hashtags #MoLeg and #itsaTRAP. We will be tweeting from @PPMO_Advocates.

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