January 27th, 2014
HEARINGS, HEARING, HEARINGS
On Wednesday, January 22nd the House Health Care Policy Committee had a hearing on two bills that would extend the current state mandated delay prior to having an abortion from 24 to 72 hours. The bills are HB1307, sponsored by Rep. Elmer (R-99) and HB1313, sponsored by Rep. Frederick(R-121). If passed, these bills would have a significant impact on the lives of women and families in Missouri. Only two citizens were given the opportunity to testify in opposition of the bills.
Both citizens declared that they would wait 72 hours-excluding holidays and weekends-to decide whether to turn in their testimonies. Their reference to a 72 hour waiting period to make personal decisions illuminates the absurdity of a mandated waiting period for a woman to make a personal decision. To read more about this hearing and watch the testimony of these two citizens follow the LINK.
Senator Sater (R-28) also filed a similar bill in the Senate. SB519 has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee and has a hearing scheduled for 6PM tonight or upon adjournment.
Several bills have been filed in the House and Senate that place restrictions on abortion providers. Targeted restrictions of abortion providers or TRAP bills, seek to place unreasonable requirements on health care centers. HB1352 (Gatschenberger R-108), HB1478 (Swan R-147), and SB 770 (Wallingford R-127) all require that the Department of Health and Senior Services to inspect any abortion facility (excluding hospitals) a minimum of 4 times per fiscal year. The bill also gives the inspector the power to immediately close a health center.
Such bills recklessly promote an unfounded fear that abortion is unsafe. One in five women has turned to Planned Parenthood at some time in her life for professional, non-judgmental, and confidential care.
A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
Forty-one years after Roe v. Wade, women's fundamental rights are still under attack. That is why Planned Parenthood applauds women’s health champion Rep. Stacey Newman (D-87) for filing proactive legislation. Rep. Newman filed HB1529 and HB1528 last week.
HB1529, the Prevention First Act, provides common sense solutions that will reduce STDs, unintended pregnancy, and the need for abortion. The policies include comprehensive, medically accurate sex education, compassionate assistance for rape emergencies, birth control protection, expansion of women’s health services, and patient protection at pharmacies.
HB1528, Patient Protection at Pharmacies requires pharmacies to dispense or fill valid and lawful prescriptions for all federal Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs or devices to prevent pregnancy, including emergency contraceptives, without discrimination or delay.
CELEBRATING 41 YEARS OF SAFE AND LEGAL ABORTION
Last week marked the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade victory. Read about how Missourians celebrated this event!
The Missouri Freedom of Choice Council's Cocktail Reception in Celebration of the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade took place on the evening of January 23rd at ACLU-MO’s St. Louis Office. Over 50 supporters of women’s health – including many legislative champions – mingled and raised funds for buses to take advocates to Jefferson City for a pro-women's health lobby day in April.
Over 40 people attended the Roe Day Event in Kansas City. Guests enjoyed movie theater concessions and screenings of two short documentaries, “The Abortion Diaries” and “Roe at Risk.” After the films, Elise Higgins, Kansas Manager of Government Affairs, led a panel discussion with Dr. Barbara Bollier, Kansas State Representative; Amber Versola, Vice-President of the Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus; and Ryann Summerford, our Missouri Statewide Manager of Government Affairs. Thank you to all who came out for an evening of discussion!
AND DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE UPCOMING ROE EVENT IN SPRINGFIELD!
Springfield: Join Planned Parenthood in
Southwest Missouri to celebrate the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.
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ANNIVERSARY OF ROE V. WADE MEANS EXAMINING OUR RIGHTS
Letter to the Editor~January 20th~Columbia Missourian
Wednesday marks the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade. As a senior at the University of Missouri, I can’t remember a time that access to safe and legal abortion was not the law of the land. Don’t be fooled—I don’t take this right for granted. Our grandmothers, our mothers, our communities fought for this right so that I would be able to make my own decisions about my body. Growing up in the wake of Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that protects this right, has made me appreciate what my generation has and how essential it is for me to continue the fight for reproductive freedom. And as we honor the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the right to safe and legal abortion has never felt more important to me than it does now.
There have been more attacks on our reproductive freedoms in the last three years than in the entire previous decade. Using bogus claims of protecting “women’s health and safety,” politicians across the country have been chipping away at our reproductive rights, state-by-state. Since 2010, more than 200 restrictions on abortion access have become law—and 70 of these new restrictions have passed in 2013 alone. The result: more than half of women of reproductive age like us are living in states where access to abortion is being restricted by their state legislatures. Make no mistake: safe and legal abortion is under attack.
Even here in Missouri, several anti-women’s health bills are underway. Among these are Senate Bill 519 and House Bill 1313, which extend the mandatory delay for abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours, forcing women to wait longer to access medical care. These bills do nothing to improve the health of the woman and will push her abortion later in pregnancy.
For my generation, reproductive freedom is not just about abortion. It’s interconnected with the spectrum of social justice issues we care about. It is impossible to discuss access to abortion without addressing poverty, racism, discrimination against immigrants, and the range of issues and systems of inequality that impact our ability to truly make the decisions that are best for ourselves, our families and our communities. Some of us have come to care about abortion through our passion for other issues, but regardless of the hour we entered this fight, we’re here to stay.
Watch for Planned Parenthood under the dome for our first lobby day tomorrow!
Upcoming Lobby Day: