Missouri's safety net cannot serve patients without Planned Parenthood
The health care safety net needs more resources, not fewer providers
New report finds only 7% of health centers in the state other than Planned Parenthood offer accessible and comprehensive family planning care
Missouri lawmakers recently passed two budget billsaimed at blocking patients from accessing preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers. The bills await action from Governor Parson before July 1. Additionally, the Trump/Pence administration announced a dangerous policy that will impose new restrictions on Planned Parenthood. The “gag rule”will affect health care providers that participate in Title X, the nation’s program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care that four million people rely on each year.
Preventing Missourians from choosing Planned Parenthood leaves many without access to vital preventive care, including birth control, cancer screenings, and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment.
Planned Parenthood is a crucial component of the safety net
There's a common misconception that if Planned Parenthood is removed from the Title X network that other health care providers will just pick up the slack. I can tell you that this simply isn't the case — the health care safety net is already stretched too thin as it is,
Michelle Trupiano, Executive DirectorMissouri Family Health Council