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Legal Update: Expanding Access to Safe, Legal Abortion in Missouri

Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) and Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region (RHS) are continuing the fight to expand access to safe, legal abortion in our state.

Planned Parenthood Great Plains Interim President and CEO Aaron Samulcek explained that the affiliates are fighting Senate Bill 5, a targeted regulation of abortion providers (TRAP) law, because it “will force some women to wait weeks for an abortion, travel hundreds of miles, or lose access altogether.”

“We are here for our patients,” reiterated Mary Kogut, president and CEO of Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region. Here is where the three lawsuits stand:

  • Admitting Privileges & ASC Requirement Federal Lawsuit: Planned Parenthood affiliates in Missouri were able to expand access to abortion at PPGP’s Midtown Kansas City and Columbia locations after the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the district court’s decision to block two TRAP laws. The laws are nearly identical to laws that were struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in its landmark Whole Woman’s Healthdecision.

Watch: Lady Parts Justice Calls for NoMoTRAPLaws

Lady Parts Justice, a comedy group that fights for reproductive rights, made a video highlighting Missouri’s myriad TRAP laws. The video calls out Gov. Greitens for claiming he wants to cut red tape while at the same time supporting 30+ new pages of abortion restrictions.

Watch & laugh, then share on Facebook and Twitter


The Trump Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is rolling back the Affordable Care Act’s rule requiring patients have access to birth control without a copay. This makes it easier for employers and universities to deny women this coverage.

More than 62 million women now have access to birth control without a copay as a result of the current rule. Women saved an estimated $1.4 billion on birth control pills the first year the law was in effect. This HHS effort threatens to undo years of progress in reducing unintended pregnancy, an outcome due in large part to accessibility of contraception.

Despite the fact that birth control is essential health care and key to women’s economic and social advancement, the Trump administration is hell-bent on getting rid of access to it. Take action and join the #Fight4BirthControl!

Time to Get Health Insurance

Open Enrollment November 1st through December 15th

The Affordable Care Act’s Open Enrollment period begins tomorrow. Planned Parenthood and the Cover Missouri Coalition have trained Marketplace assisters across the state who can answer your questions and help you pick out a plan that fits both your health care and financial needs. Spread the word and help Missourians #GetCovered!

Stand With Planned Parenthood in Your Community

PPSLR 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!

Columbia Data Entry & Phone Banking Parties

Join us at the Columbia Health Center every Monday night to help out with data entry and phone banking! Let community members know about upcoming events and ways they can get involved with Planned Parenthood locally.

  • Monday 11/6 in Columbia: RSVP
  • Monday 11/13 in Columbia: RSVP

St. Louis Healthy Neighborhood Canvass

Join Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region & Southwest Missouri for a Saturday morning healthy neighborhood canvass! Volunteers will go door-to-door to share information about STIs, Planned Parenthood health center services, and ACA open enrollment. 

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 district lines. Join us and help put power back in voters' hands!

Find Events Near You

Check Planned Parenthood’s national calendar to find events planned in your community!


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