Last week, the Missouri Senate defeated an effort to ensure pregnant people get medically accurate information. Sen. Jason Holsman (D-7, Kansas City), offered an amendment to a funding bill which would have required taxpayer-funded Alternatives to Abortion agencies to provide medically accurate information to the pregnant people who use their services. These agencies, sometimes known as crisis pregnancy centers, often provide clients false and misleading information designed to shame them into continuing a pregnancy. Senators Chappelle-Nadal (D-14, St. Louis County), Curls (D-9, Kansas City), and Schupp (D-24, St. Louis County) spoke in favor of the amendment, but all 23 Republican senators voted against providing accurate information to pregnant Missourians. Sen. Holsman’s amendment also restored patient’s access to Planned Parenthood (discussed in the section below).
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Stand Up for Access to Birth Control!
Jefferson City politicians are using the state budget to deny patients access to birth control, cancer screenings, and STI tests.
The federal Medicaid program allows Missourians with low incomes to access this care at the provider of their choice — but lawmakers are trying to block these patients from choosing certain providers, including Planned Parenthood.
What will this mean? Many patients will have nowhere else to go for this vital preventive health care. And if that weren’t enough, it would risk Missouri’s entire Medicaid program by violating federal law. Take a moment and contact your state senator now!
Final 2018 Lobby Day
Mark your calendars for May 10 and join fellow advocates talking with lawmakers in Jefferson City about Missourians’ sexual and reproductive health and rights! We have carpools leaving from Columbia, Kansas City, Springfield, and St. Louis.Not sure what to expect on a lobby day? Check out this video for a sneak peak!
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Stand With Planned Parenthood in Your Community
On Friday, April 27 Columbia-area supporters and volunteers came out to demonstrate their support for Planned Parenthood and the sexual reproductive health services Planned Parenthood provides to patients in our community every day. Planned Parenthood Advocates is so proud to have such awesome supporters in our community!
Volunteer & Engagement Opportunities
Join the fight for access to health care on the state and federal levels! Join Planned Parenthood Advocates’ organizers and volunteers to crowd-canvass, make calls, enter data, and connect with your community. You can participate in the phone banks in person or remotely!
Find Events Near You
Check Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s national calendar to find events planned in your community!