Lobby Day Recap
Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri held our second statewide lobby day of the year last Tuesday. Thirty-five supporters from across Missouri traveled to Jefferson City and met with 15 legislators to discuss bills impacting sexual and reproductive rights. We made our presence felt both in the Capitol and on social media with stickers, signs, and the #ReproRightsLobbyDay hashtag. We were even able to take over Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s national Snapchat account, PPACTION, for the day!
There are more opportunities to join us in Jefferson City for a lobby day: Missouri Women’s Network Equity Action Day on April 4, and two more Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri Repro Rights Lobby Days on April 25 and May 4. You can RSVP below!
- Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri: Photos from 2.21.17 #ReproRightsLobbyDay
- Missouri Women’s Network: RSVP for April 4 Equity Action Day
- Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri: Check out the Calendar for more Lobby Days
MoLeg Weekly Wrap-Up
Last Tuesday the Senate Education Committee heard SB 98, an anti-transgender “bathroom bill” that would put trans students’ safety and well-being at risk. The Planned Parenthood supporters who were at the Capitol for Repro Rights Lobby Day contributed to the large, visible opposition to the bill.
One of our citizen-lobbyists who is currently in high school was able to testify and draw attention to the disproportionate risk of violence faced by trans people, especially trans women of color.On Wednesday, the House debated HB 655, a measure that extends tax credits to so-called “pregnancy resource centers,” anti-abortion organizations that are on record for misleading pregnant people. Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri opposes this bill because pregnant people deserve full, medically accurate information about all of their legal options, not ideologically-driven misinformation.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: 'Bathroom bill' draws parade of criticism in Missouri Senate committee
- Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri: 2017 Bill Summary
- Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri: 2017 Bill Fact Sheets
Take Action During #ResistanceRecess
This week is one of the most important in Planned Parenthood’s 100-year history. Why? Because anti-abortion members of Congress are threatening to “defund” Planned Parenthood, and they’re all back home on recess. During this time, a slew of reproductive rights advocates out their representatives’ events. There’s still time in the #ResistanceRecess to show your leaders in Congress you stand with Planned Parenthood!
#ResistanceRecess Action Recaps
Over 200 people participated in a health care town hall on February 21st at the Columbia ARC. Planned Parenthood Great Plains partnered with the Missouri Medicaid Coalition and Jobs with Justice to bring representatives from US Sen. Claire McCaskill’s (D-MO) office to hear about constituent concerns around the Affordable Care Act, the economy, access to health care at Planned Parenthood, and reproductive justice in Missouri. Notably absent were US Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and US Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO 4) who declined the opportunity to listen to constituents and be held accountable.
Fifteen Planned Parenthood supporters met in front of Sen. Blunt’s Springfield office last Thursday with #StandWithPlannedParenthood and Don’t Take Away Our Care signs. After lunch-hour visibility on the busy street, the group went inside and three constituents shared with Sen. Blunt’s staff the importance of health care through the ACA and Planned Parenthood. We also delivered over 1,500 I Stand With Planned Parenthood petitions from Southwest Missourians.
At 6:30am on Saturday, with a below-freezing wind chill, over 300 constituents met outside Sen. Blunt’s Lincoln Days Breakfast. The Street Town Hall, organized by Springfield Indivisible, Empower Missouri, Advocates of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, Jobs with Justice, and Missouri Health Care for All, brought together Missourians who are frustrated with Sen. Blunt’s refusal to schedule a town hall meeting and meet publicly with constituents. With signs and a megaphone they voiced concerns about repealing the Affordable Care Act, protecting Medicaid, and safeguarding access to Planned Parenthood health services.
On Thursday, February 23 over 80 Planned Parenthood patients and supporters took part in actions outside of Sen. Blunt and Rep. Ann Wagner’s (R-MO 2) St. Louis-area offices. The group delivered over 8,000 petitions supporting Planned Parenthood to Sen. Blunt’s Clayton office and another 1,500 to Congresswoman Wagner.