Monthly Monitor: December 2017
By Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri | Dec. 30, 2017, 8:15 a.m.
With the new legislative session beginning in January, the Monitor will switch back to a weekly format starting on Monday, January 8.
Add Your Voice! Greitens’ New Abortion Rules Are Terrible
This summer, Gov. Greitens called an expensive special legislative session with the goal of further limiting access to abortion. Lawmakers went along, adding 30+ new pages of medically unnecessary abortion restrictions to the books. Missouri’s abortion laws were already some of the most restrictive in the nation, and this new law makes things even worse.
Now, the department responsible for implementing these restrictions has gone even further than the Legislature, proposing reams of outrageous and medically unnecessary rules for abortion providers in our state.
Before finalizing these terrible rules, the state must allow the public 30 days to comment. Sunday, December 31 is the deadline. Add your comment today!
- Take Action: Add Your Comment Before 12/31
2018 Missouri Legislative Session Preview
The Missouri Legislature will convene for the 2018 session on Wednesday, January 3. We begin the year with 44 legislators who consistently support Missourians’ sexual and reproductive health — 9 in the Senate and 35 in the House.
Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri will once more be in the Capitol, on the ground, and online working to advance positive legislation, stop bad bills, and keep you informed and engaged.
- Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri: 2018 Bill Summary
- St. Louis Public Radio: GOP infighting may complicate Missouri's 2018 legislative session
- For frequent updates on Missouri Legislative action, follow us on Twitter: @PPMO_Advocates
Mark Your Calendars for our 2018 Lobby Days!
Mark your calendars and plan to join fellow advocates to lobby for Missourians’ sexual and reproductive health and rights in Jefferson City this session! Whether you’ve never been to the Capitol or you’ve walked the halls countless times, we invite you to join us and make a difference.
RSVP information will be shared in coming Monday Monitors
- Tuesday, January 30
- Wednesday, February 7
- Tuesday, February 27
- Wednesday, March 28
- Tuesday, April 17
- Thursday, May 10
Stand With Planned Parenthood in Your Community
Holding Sens. Onder and Koenig Accountable
State Senators Bob Onder (R-2, St. Charles) and Andrew Koenig (R-15, Manchester) have been wasting taxpayers’ time and money by attacking Planned Parenthood and making it even more difficult for Missourians to access safe and legal abortion.
Missourians deserve better. The residents in these districts deserve better.
It’s time to take action. If you live in the Second or 15th Districts, get a yard sign to show you stand with Planned Parenthood and you expect better from your state senator!
- Senate District 2 Residents: Request a Yard Sign
- Senate District 15 Residents: Request a Yard Sign
- Not sure of your district? Find your legislators
Recap: Another Successful Open Enrollment Period!
The latest open enrollment period for health insurance seekers ended December 15. Trained enrollment assisters and navigators, including those at Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, helped 245,580 Missourians get covered. Though this year’s enrollment period was half as long as 2016’s, 1000 more Missourians were able to enroll in health insurance!
- Kansas City Star: Obamacare enrollment ends with surprising results in Kansas and Missouri
Friday Phone Banks
Join the fight for access to health care on the state and federal levels! Join Planned Parenthood organizers and volunteers to make calls every Friday from 12-3 PM — you can participate in person or join remotely!
- Join from Springfield: Email Southwest Missouri Grassroots Organizer Stacy Sherrod
- Join from St. Louis: Email Economic Justice Organizer Nikia Paulette
Clean Missouri Democracy Reform Campaign
Planned Parenthood is supporting Clean Missouri, a non-partisan effort to reform our democracy by banning big lobbyist gifts, capping campaign contributions, and improving the way we draw legislative district lines.
Join us and help put power back in voters' hands!
- Springfield: Email Southwest Missouri Grassroots Organizer Stacy Sherrod
- St. Louis: Email Lead Grassroots Organizer Alaina Smith