Monday Monitor: March 28, 2016

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

#MoLeg Halftime Report Card

Legislative spring break was last week, marking the halfway point of this year’s session. More than 25 anti-reproductive health bills have been filed, many of which are targeted regulations of abortion providers (TRAP) bills. TRAP bills masquerade as health and safety measures, but in reality they are medically unnecessary and designed specifically to make it more difficult for women to access safe and legal abortion services.

As we gear up for the remainder of the session, here is a brief list of the top reproductive health bills we are tracking and actions you can take to keep access to Planned Parenthood open for everyone:

Stand Up For Reproductive Health Lobby Day

Join reproductive health and rights organizations from across Missouri this Wednesday, March 30 for Stand Up For Reproductive Health Lobby Day! Legislators are at it again, pushing dangerous bills to restrict access to safe and legal abortion. Make your voice heard in Jefferson City and tell your legislators: Enough is enough!

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or you’ve never been to the Capitol, our organizers will prepare you to speak directly to lawmakers in a supportive team environment. Carpools are available from the Kansas City area, the St. Louis area, Springfield, and Columbia. Following March 30, two additional lobby days remain: Tuesday, April 12; and Thursday, May 5. Mark your calendars and sign up below!

Medicaid Budget Attack on Planned Parenthood

The House of Representatives added an amendment to HB 2011, the Department of Social Services’ budget bill, that would prohibit Missourians with Medicaid insurance from choosing any health care provider that offers or refers for abortion. While this measure is aimed at Planned Parenthood, it would also impact Medicaid patients who choose other providers, such as hospitals, private OB/GYN physicians, and Title X family planning health centers. The Senate Appropriations Committee will begin reviewing the House approved budget bills this week.

Supreme Court Hears Another Challenge to ACA Birth Control Coverage

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Zubik v. Burwell, the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage guarantee. Currently, religiously affiliated schools and organizations morally opposed to birth control may complete a one-page form saying they object. In such cases, the government works separately with the insurance company to make sure that employees can access the full range of contraception. The plaintiffs in this case argue that filling out the one-page form makes them “complicit” in the “sin” of contraception. Affordable access to birth control is at stake for millions of employees, who would lose the right to contraception in their health insurance benefits earned at work. A decision is expected in June.

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