Time is Running Out to #StopTheBans! Contact Your Senator — Again.
The clock is winding down on the 2019 Legislative Session, and lawmakers are still considering some of the most extreme abortion bills in the country. We need you to take action, even if you’ve done so before.
Both House Bill 126 and Senate Bill 279 would ban abortion as early as six weeks — before most people ever know they are pregnant.
The bills also include — among many other medically unnecessary measures — a “trigger ban” that would make abortion a felony if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.
Missouri is already one of the most restrictive states when it comes to abortion, but extremist politicians remain obsessed. Abortion is a deeply personal decision that a pregnant person makes with their family, their doctor, and their faith — not politicians.
The Missouri Constitution requires the Legislature to conclude the 2019 session by 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 17. We may be able to stop these abortion bans in the Senate. They can take up the bills any day, so now is the time to call your state senator and tell them to #StopTheBans!
#StopTheBans Day of Action!
More than 200 Missourians from across the state gathered in Jefferson City on Wednesday to demand their lawmakers stop extreme, unconstitutional bills that would ban abortion. They began the day with a rally in the Capitol Rotunda, where patients, physicians, faith leaders, health care workers and advocates all spoke with one message: Stop the bans.
A flank of “Handmaids” stood silently behind the speakers, watching over the rally. Inspired by actions across the globe, these Missourians were dressed in character from The Handmaid’s Tale, a story of a dystopian society in which women are silenced and forced to give birth.
Following the rally, the Handmaids led the entire group of advocates to the Senate Gallery, where legislators are considering two of the most extreme abortion bills in the nation. M’Evie Mead, Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri director of policy and organizing, sees the abortion bans as a serious threat to Missouri women’s health.
“Abortion is health care. The lawmakers seeking to restrict Missourians’ access to safe, legal abortion must be called out for their real intention: running in a political race to make Missouri the state that overturns Roe v. Wade at the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Jefferson City News-Tribune: Abortion takes center stage at Capitol
Protect Clean Missouri’s Fair Redistricting Reforms!
In November, Missourians voted overwhelmingly for democracy reform by passing Amendment 1 — a.k.a. Clean Missouri — with more than 60% of the vote. But lawmakers are planning to ignore voters and pass HJR 48, which would gut Amendment 1’s fair redistricting reforms. Urge your state senator to respect voters, protect fair redistricting reforms, and vote no on HJR 48!
Missouri Lawmakers Discriminate Against Patients by “Defunding” Planned Parenthood
Last week, Missouri lawmakers passed two budget bills that aim to “defund” Planned Parenthood by blocking Missourians from vital preventive care, like birth control, cancer screenings, and STI testing and treatment.
Let's be clear: “Defunding” is discrimination. “Defunding” singles out patients who rely on public health care programs like Medicaid and blocks them from getting preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers. Thousands of Missouri patients are now counting on Gov. Parson to veto these bills and protect their access to basic health care.
Planned Parenthood Generation Action Members Fight #PeriodPoverty
The students of Missouri State University’s Planned Parenthood Generation Action chapter raised $328 and gathered more than 1000 donations of tampons, pads, and bras for Harmony House and Rare Breed in Springfield.
The chapter said, “We often take our privilege for granted that these items are easily accessible necessities but that is not the case for everyone, and this project has made us more mindful of that.”