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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.

Besides Planned Parenthood, only 7% of more than 600 safety-net health centers offer a full range of birth control options and have evening or weekend hours

Missouri’s safety net needs more resources, not fewer providers:

  • 86% of non-Planned Parenthood providers DO NOT offer evening or weekend hours.
  • 71% of non-Planned Parenthood providers DO NOT offer long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) like IUDs.
  • 41% of non-Planned Parenthood providers DO NOT offer birth control and Pap tests.

Each of Missouri’s 11 Planned Parenthood health centers provides comprehensive and accessible care.