Help Us Win Medicaid Expansion on Tuesday, August 4!
Everyone, no matter where we live or how much money we make, deserves access to health care. But hundreds of thousands of Missourians earn too much to qualify for Medicaid and not enough to be able to afford health care. As is so often the case, Black and brown families are disproportionately harmed by this policy. Passing Medicaid Expansion is our chance to change this.
The pandemic has shown us that our own health depends on the health of the person next to us, and the person next to them. Medicaid Expansion will deliver life-saving care to Missourians who make less than $18,000 per year — while also protecting frontline health care jobs, saving rural hospitals from closing, and bringing over a billion of our tax dollars home from Washington every year.
As we approach the election, we need to do all we can to encourage our community to vote Yes on Amendment 2 — sign up for a shift today!
Another Win in Missouri: State Supreme Court Strikes Down Parson’s Attempt to “Defund” Planned Parenthood!
In late June, the Missouri Supreme Court issued a ruling that protects Planned Parenthood patients’ who rely on publicly funded programs for their health care. The Court ruled that Gov. Parson and his legislative allies unlawfully used the budget to “defund” Planned Parenthood health centers, which provide thousands of Missouri safety-net patients with vital preventive care like birth control, cancer screenings, and STI testing and treatments.
This is a big win for Planned Parenthood patients, and it’s all the more important now that we are in the middle of the worst public health crisis of our time. Despite this ruling, Gov. Parson signed off on another budget that discriminates against patients.
Repro Rights @ SCOTUS: A Win & A Loss
This month saw two big reproductive rights decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court: one win and one loss.
A Win for Abortion Access: SCOTUS struck down a Louisiana TRAP (targeted restriction of abortion providers) law requiring physicians who provide abortion to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. This law was identical to the Texas law that the Supreme Court struck down just four years ago in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. This ruling in June Medical Services v. Russo is a huge win for patients in Louisiana, who would have had only one health center providing abortion, but the fight is not over. Trump appointee Justice Kavanaugh made it clear he is ready to gut abortion access altogether when he gets the chance. Read more here.
A Loss for Birth Control: The Supreme Court upheld a Trump administration regulation that lets employers and universities — based on their own objections — take away their workers’ & students’ birth control coverage. The fact that the Court allowed this attack birth control coverage under the ACA in 2020 — and which has benefited over 62 million people — shows the war on our reproductive health care isn’t just about access to abortion. It’s everything. The people who have benefited most from guaranteed birth control coverage are people of color and young people. This isn’t accidental. It is yet another part of the network of oppressive tactics that reinforce white supremacy. Read more here.
Planned Parenthood Great Plains wins Kansas City Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award
Planned Parenthood Great Plains received top honors in Kansas City Magazine’s annual reader’s choice awards for 2020’s “Best Civil & Human Rights Nonprofit” in the metro. PPGP was also among readers’ top health care providers in the region! Thank you to everyone who voted for PPGP and who stands with PPGP every day!
Virtual Volunteer Training: Become a Patient Greeter
Want to make a difference in the patient experience at Planned Parenthood? Become a volunteer patient greeter! As the first friendly face visitors see when they arrive at our health centers, patient greeters are essential for creating a safe environment for our patients, staff, and visitors. This virtual training is for supporters interested in volunteering for a weekday shift outside Reproductive Health Services in Central West End or the health center in Fairview Heights, Illinois.
Further instructions and a link to the virtual training will be emailed following registration. RSVP for the training that works best for you!
Vote for PPGP Reproductive Health Assistant Rain Northrop!
Rain Northrop is a Reproductive Health Assistant at PPGP’s Columbia health center. She is a finalist in a local competition focusing on people who make a difference for their communities.
Hear from Rain directly about the work PPGP does and while you're there, like, comment on and share the video to help Rain win! Voting is open through August 20th.