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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

Report finds only 7% of health centers in the state other than Planned Parenthood offer accessible and comprehensive family planning care

In 2018 and 2019, Missouri lawmakers passed budget bills that discriminate against Planned Parenthood patients. The bills aimed to block patients in MO HealthNet and the Women’s Health Services Program from choosing Planned Parenthood for their preventive care, including birth control, cancer screenings, and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment. 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 — including more than 37,000 Missourians — rely on each year.

Preventing Missourians from choosing Planned Parenthood could leave many without access to vital preventive care, including birth control, cancer screenings, and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment.

"Defunding" is Discrimination

From Trump's attacks on Title X to state-level attemps to "defund" Planned Parenthood health centers, politicans are working to block patients from accessing the vital preventive care they need.

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.