Monday MONITOR                  

Monday, April 15, 2013 

VICTORY FOR BIRTH CONTROL ACCESS IN MISSOURI

     On Thursday, April 11th, Attorney General Chris Koster issued a statement confirming that Missouri will allow a federal court ruling protecting access to birth control to stand.  The ruling struck down an unconstitutional Missouri law which would have allowed local employers to deny their employees access to affordable birth control as provided by the Affordable Care Act. The Missouri Republican Party and House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka) had launched a public campaign to pressure Koster into appealing the ruling. 

     In a press release, Koster stated, “The Republicans’ attempt to deny contraceptive coverage to women in Missouri is just plain foolishness. The Republican effort to deny contraceptive coverage cannot be supported by case law or sound public policy.”

     Right before Koster’s statement was released, Speaker Jones’ non-binding resolution HCR35 was brought up for “debate” on the House floor.  HCR35 calls on Koster to appeal the federal ruling and praises the 2012 law that would allow any employer to deny birth control to its employees based on a religious or moral objection. In a curious move, the House leadership decided to prohibit any debate on the resolution, calling for a vote after allowing only Speaker Jones to advocate for the resolution. Perhaps they thought defending their exhaustive efforts to give birth control decisions to bosses rather than to Missouri women would not improve the image of the Republican Party.

     Planned Parenthood affiliates in Missouri released the following statement praising Attorney General Koster’sdecision 

“This is a victory for Missouri women and their families. Attorney General Koster’s action recognizes the importance of Missouri women’s access to basic preventive health care without a co-pay, including birth control.”

     Public polling finds overwhelming support for women’s access to birth control. Seven in ten Americans (70 percent) believe that health insurance companies should be required to cover the full cost of birth control, just as they do for other preventive services, according to an October 2012 poll by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. 

     Approximately 940,000 Missouri women stand to benefit from the Affordable Care Act’s preventive health care benefit, including access to no co-pay birth control, which went into effect in August of last year. 

     Each year, Planned Parenthood health centers in Missouri see nearly 80,000 individuals for medical and educational services, including birth control. Nationwide, Planned Parenthood provides birth control for 2.5 million patients.

TOMORROW IS MEDICAID EXPANSION LOBBY DAY & RALLY IN JEFFERSON CITY!

Join hundreds of supporters of Medicaid expansion including advocates, faith leaders, business leaders, unions, and many more as we Rally for Medicaid expansion!  The Lobby Day and Rally will take place in Jefferson City on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 beginning at 10:00 am.  The Medicaid Expansion Rally will take place on the Capitol Lawn at 2:00 pm. Free lunch, training, and transportation will be available to attendees. 

To sign up or get more information, contact:

ST. LOUIS AREA alison.dreith@ppslr.org 314.531.7526 ext. 334

SPRINGFIELD/SWMO crystal.brigman@ppslr.org 417.883.3800 ext.809

KANSAS CITY AREA erin.heger@ppkm.org 913-312-5100 x257

COLUMBIA/MID-MISSOURI martha.stevens@ppkm.org

Or sign up online at www.momedicaidcoalition.org/rsvp

APRIL IS GET YOURSELF TESTED (GYT) MONTH

     One in 2 sexually active people will get a sexually transmitted infection (STI) by the age of 25. Most won’t know it. The only way to find out is to Get Yourself Tested. GYT is about knowing yourself, and knowing your status, while carving your own path in life.

     Find a health center in your area and make an appointment today.  For the month of April contact your localPlanned Parenthood to learn about special offers on STI testing.

GYT 2013

EQUAL PAY DAY RALLY

     Join the American Association of University Women, League of Women Voters and the National Organization for Women and let legislators know that we women must be paid equally!  When: Wednesday April 17th

Where: Jefferson City Capitol Rotunda

Time: 11:30-1:30PM

     For more information, please contact Joanie Shores at joanshores101@aol.com or (660) 200-5809, or Jane Crigler at jcrigler@kc.rr.com or (816) 523-7781

  

WACTH FOR OUR LAS TLOBBY DAY UNDER THE DOME

LOBBY DAY: May 7th, 2013

For more information on upcoming lobby days contact:

Crystal.Brigman@ppslr.org - Springfield/SWMO - (417) 883-3800 ext 809

Angie.Postal@ppslr.org - St. Louis area - (314) 531-7526 ext 333

Martha.Stevens@ppkm.org – Columbia/Mid-MO (573) 443-0427 ext 228

Erin.Heger@ppkm.org- KC area –(913-312-5100) x257 

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