Monday Monitor: May 7, 2018
By Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri | May 7, 2018, 6 p.m.
Clean Missouri Petition Signatures Submitted!
After a year of Missourians across the state voicing support for banning big lobbyist gifts, tightening campaign contribution limits, and ending gerrymandering, 346,956 voters signed on to bring Clean Missouri to the ballot.
We are so thankful for the volunteers with Advocates of Planned Parenthood who gave nearly 600 hours and collected signatures from 67 of Missouri’s 115 counties!
We know if everyone has a voice in government, people in our community will be empowered to live healthy, full lives. Planned Parenthood health centers in Missouri serve over 46,000 people a year, and they need a government that truly represents them. With your continued action, we will win in November!
St. Louis Public Radio: Signatures delivered for ethics-related ballot initiative
Tell Your State Senator: Don’t “Defund” Planned Parenthood
The Missouri Legislature is considering two budget bills that would “defund” care at Planned Parenthood health centers — lawmakers could deny patients’ right to choose Planned Parenthood for their vital preventive care like birth control, cancer screenings, and STI testing and treatment.
The end result? Many Missourians are left without access to the care they need. This is unacceptable. Contact your state senator now!
While lawmakers are moving ahead with an effort to "defund" care at Planned Parenthood health centers, there is some positive news. House Bill 1499 expands access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), the most effective form of birth control. It has been added to Senate Bill 826, which awaits a final vote in the House and Senate before being sent to the governor.
Lobby Day This Thursday
This Thursday, May 10th, is our final lobby day of the 2018 legislative session. Join fellow advocates talking with lawmakers in Jefferson City about Missourians’ sexual and reproductive health and rights! We have carpools leaving from Columbia, Kansas City, Springfield, and St. Louis. Whether you’ve never been to the Capitol or you’ve walked the halls a hundred times, join us and make a difference!
Not sure what to expect on a lobby day? Check out this video for a sneak peak!
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Stand With Planned Parenthood in Your Community
Recap: Earth Day Actions
Planned Parenthood supporters celebrated Earth Day across the state! In St. Louis, 11 table captains led 26 volunteers, collected 620 petitions in support of Planned Parenthood, and educated countless community members on Planned Parenthood’s health services.
In Columbia, seven volunteers staffed the Planned Parenthood outreach table, collecting more than 300 “I Stand With PP” petitions! Volunteer also shared health services information, condoms and PP swag.
Missouri Poor People’s Campaign
The Missouri Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is excited to begin 40 days of action in less than two weeks. There are nearly two thousand Missourians poised to take direct action & uplift their voices against systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, and the war economy. We're featuring a Planned Parenthood speaker at the Kick-Off Day of Action on Monday, May 14th beginning at 6:00 am and then heading to Jefferson City. To get you prepared for the upcoming action, we're hosting a series of direct action trainings. Register for events below!
Direct Action Training: Tuesday, May 8th from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at SEIU Healthcare
Direct Action Training: Saturday, May 12th from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Centenary United Methodist
Missouri Poor People’s Campaign Kickoff Day of Action: Monday, May 14th from 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Questions or concerns? Email [email protected]
Volunteer & Engagement Opportunities
Join the fight for access to health care on the state and federal levels! Join Planned Parenthood Advocates’ organizers and volunteers to crowd-canvass, make calls, enter data, and connect with your community. You can participate in phone banks in person or remotely!
Springfield Volunteer Advocate Meeting: Monday, May 14 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Springfield Safe-Sex Kit Assembly Night: Wednesday, May 23 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Table Captain & Messaging Training: Monday, May 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Rosé Day: Saturday, May 19, 12:00-6:00 p.m.
Find Events Near You
Check Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s national calendar to find events planned in your community!