Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri

 

2014 REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH BILL SUMMARY

Final

Anti-Women’s Health Bills 

Planned Parenthood and women’s reproductive rights are under attack.  Numerous anti-women’s health proposals have been introduced this session in the Missouri General assembly.  Planned Parenthood will always stick to its mission and provide accurate information and education to individuals of all ages; ensure that as many people as possible have access to high-quality, affordable health care; and protect and advocate for reproductive rights.  ACT.  No matter what.

BILL

SPONSOR

SUMMARY

LAST ACTION

 

SCS/HCS

HB 1307

 

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HB 1313

 

 

 

Rep. Elmer

Nixa (R-139)

 

 

Rep. Fredrick

Rolla (R-121)

State To Triple Mandatory Wait for Abortion

Extends the current state mandated delay prior to having an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours.  Personal medical decisions should be left to a woman, her family, her faith, and her doctor — without interference from politicians.  Make no mistake, THESE BILLS ARE ABOUT POLITICS -- NOT WOMEN’S HEALTH.

  • HB 1307/HB 1313  Taken up for Discussion– Laid over on Informal calendar 5/6/14
  • HB 1307/HB 1313  Taken up for Discussion– Laid over on Informal calendar 5/12/14
  • Committee Substitute HB 1307/HB 1313  Adopted 5/12/14
  • Senate Third Read and Passed (Y:22-N:9) 5/12/14
  • House Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed (Y:111/N:39) 5/14/14

Vetoed by Governor on 7/2/14

Overridden by Legislature on 9/10/14

Law in effect 10/10/14

 

SB 519

 

 

Sen. Sater

Cassville (R-28)

 

State To Triple Mandatory Wait for Abortion

Similar to HB 1307/HB1313 is the Senate’s version of seventy-two hour waiting period SB 519.  Extends the current state mandated delay prior to having an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours.  The current informed consent process for abortion in Missouri is exceedingly rigorous. Before a woman can access abortion in Missouri, she must face a 24 hour mandatory delay, a two visit requirement, and must be presented with state mandated information. Forcing a woman to wait even longer before accessing medical care does nothing to improve her health and will push her abortion later in pregnancy.

  • SB 519 Reported Do Pass from Senate Judiciary Committee 2/10/14
  • SB 519 Taken up for Perfection – Laid over on Informal calendar 2/19/14
  • SB 519 Taken up for Perfection – Laid over on Informal calendar 3/5/14

SB519: On Senate Calendar – Senate Bills for Perfection (Informal)

 

SCS HB 1132

 

 

 

 

 

Rep. Engler

Farmington (R-116)

 

Increases Pregnancy Resource Centers Tax Credits to $2.5 million

PRC’s employ religiosity, misinformation, and unfulfilled promises of assistance to persuade women to continue their pregnancy. The state should not be using tax incentives to fund organizations that lure vulnerable women by misrepresenting their services and fail to deliver medically accurate information.

SCS HB1132: Delivered to Governor

5/30/14

SCS SB 638

Sen. Romine

Farmington (R-3) 

Increases Pregnancy Resource Centers Tax Credits to $2.5 million

PRC’s employ religiosity, misinformation, and unfulfilled promises of assistance to persuade women to continue their pregnancy. The state should not be using tax incentives to fund organizations that lure vulnerable women by misrepresenting their services and fail to deliver medically accurate information.

SCS SB638:  On Senate Calendar – Senate Bill with House Amendments 5/16/14

 

HB 1430

Rep. Jones

Eureka (R-110)

Denial of Care:  A Threat to Reproductive Rights

Specifies that anyone providing medical services cannot be required to perform or participate in activities that violate his or her conscience or principles.  Pharmacists, physicians, and other medical clinicians have professional and ethical responsibilities to their patients. These bills specifically single out women’s reproductive health care, including information and access to emergency contraception for rape survivors, for refusal of care. HB1430 also declares that health care institutions have a “conscience” and provides expansive protections to institutions that refuse to provide standard medical care or individuals that refuse to provide care required by their institution.  Science – not politics – should determine medical decisions.

HB1430 On Senate Calendar – House Bills for Third Reading 4/29/14

 

SB 660

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sen. Wallingford

Cape Girardeau (R-27)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discrimination Against Women Seeking Services at Family Planning Centers

SB 660 creates a flawed scheme of how state and federal family planning funds are allocated to specific providers, allowing patients at hospitals and other primary health care providers to get publicly funded care while those choosing to get care at popular family planning providers such as Planned Parenthood would be denied publicly funded care.  This could also prevent patients at health centers from receiving other types of federal or state funded services, such as treatment and prevention for sexually transmitted infections or cancer screenings and counseling.

HCS SB660: On Senate Calendar – House Bills for Third Reading 5/16/14

 

 

 

HCS HB 1231

Rep. Cox

Sedalia (R-52) 

Changes the laws regarding judicial procedures.

This bill is an attempt by politicians to steer private medical conversations between partners away from merely discussing the safe and legal option of abortion without fear of loss of custody rights later.  No woman should be forced or coerced into ANY decision related to her pregnancy.  A woman and her partner have the right to discuss decisions about whether to choose adoption, end a pregnancy, or raise a child.

  • House Committee Substitute Adopted House Judiciary Committee 4/2/14
  • HCS HB 1231 House Perfected with Amendments (voice vote) 4/24/14
  • HCS HB 1231 House Third Read and Passed  (Y: 119/N:30) 4/28/14
  • SCS for HCS HB 1231 Voted Do Pass from Senate Judiciary Committee 4/29/14 
  • Senate Substitute Adopted for SCS HCS HB 1231 5/14/14
  • Senate Third Read and Passed SS HCS HB 1231with Amendments (Y: 30) 5/14/14
  • House Adopts Conference Committee Report (Y: 131 N: 13) 5/16/14
  • House Third Read and passes Conference Committee Report (Y: 129 N: 13) 5/16/14
  • Senate Adopts Conference Committee Report (Y: 26) 5/16/14
  • Senate Truly Agrees to And Finally Passed Conference Committee Report (Y: 129 N: 13) 5/16/14

 

Conference Committee Report For  HB 1231:
Delivered to Governor

5/30/14
*Without any ABORTION restrictions included.

HCS HB 1846 

Rep. Cox

Sedalia (R-52) 

Extreme, Burdensome Mandatory Informed Consent for Women Seeking Information About Abortion Outside Missouri

This legislation would impose the full burdensome and medically inappropriate informed consent process on any woman who is ONLY seeking information about abortion care options outside of Missouri. Requiring Missouri women who are simply seeking information about abortion outside the state to undergo the informed consent process is clearly an attempt to make access to that information nearly impossible.  Among other things, this poorly drafted piece of legislation would add yet another layer of reporting to an additional state agency and identifies additional state bureaucrats who are responsible for enforcing state law as well as increasing penalties against doctors.

HCS HB 1846: Voted Do Pass from House Rules Committee
Hearing Scheduled 5/1/14

 

HB 2206

Rep. Brattin

Harrisonville (R-55)

Partner Consent – Danger to Women in Abusive Relationships.

The bill makes it illegal for a physician to provide an abortion to a woman without notarized permission from the father.  The only exceptions are in cases in which the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest or in a medical emergency. 

HB 2206: Referred to House Children & Families Hearing Cancelled 4/29/14

HB 1613

Rep. Gatschenberger

Lake St. Louis (R-108)

 

Forced Ultrasound & Extended Mandatory Delay

Mandates that, 3 days before receiving and abortion, a woman undergo a vaginal ultrasound, even if not medically necessary, and even if it is against her will. The bill also contains numerous new, burdensome and duplicative requirements for counseling, evaluating, and performing abortion procedures that intended to shame and coerce a woman seeking abortion into changing her mind. The bill is an aggressive intrusion on the doctor/patient relationship and ignores existing law as well as the standard practice of medical care already in place for abortion providers. 

HCS HB1613: Voted Do Pass House Children & Families 4/15/14

SB 916

Sen. Wallingford

Cape Girardeau (R-27) 

Discrimination and Denial of Care Based on Religion

The bill seeks to protect and encourage broad-based discrimination by protecting any Missourian who cites religious beliefs as a legal justification for their actions.  This could give hospitals, pharmacists, physicians, and other medical clinicians the right to deny information and access to reproductive health care without consequence. The bill includes few limits on protected activities and would allow an emergency room worker to withhold emergency contraception from a rape survivor or a business to drop insurance coverage for birth control for its employees.

SB916: Referred to Senate Veterans Affairs and Health 3/13/14

HB 1148

 

 

 

 

HB 1379

Rep. Hicks, et al

St. Charles (R-107)

 

 

 

Rep. Gatschenberger

Lake St. Louis (R-108)

 

Forced Review of Mandatory Ultrasound

HB 1148 & HB 1379 would require a woman undergo and view an ultrasound 24 hours in advance of her abortion.  Current law states that a woman must have an opportunity to view an ultrasound 24 hours in advance but may decline.  A woman should have accurate information about all of her options.  Information should support a woman, help her make a decision for herself, and enable her to take care of her health and well-being. Coercing women to view an ultrasound is disrespectful to women and has no place in Missouri law. Politicians forcing doctors to use an ultrasound for political — and not medical — reasons is the very definition of government intrusion.

HB1148: Referred to House Health Care Policy 1/9/14

 

 

HB1379: Referred to House Health Care Policy 1/28/14

 

HB 1103 

 

 

 

 

SB 658

Rep. Gatschenberger

Lake St. Louis (R-108)

 

 

 

Sen. Wallingford

Cape Girardeau (R-27)

 

Pregnancy Resource Centers Prohibition of Safety Regulation

Specifies that the constitutions and laws of the United States and Missouri must protect the rights of an alternatives-to-abortion agency and its officers to freely engage in activities without interference, which includes Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRC).  HB 1103 and SB 658 would place PRCs above any safety or privacy regulation.  PRCs are on record providing false and misleading information to vulnerable women and are currently not required to provide medically factual or accurate information to them.  In contrast, abortion providers adhere to more than 30 laws and regulations—many of which are unnecessary restrictions.

HB1103: Voted Do Pass from House Rules Committee 3/10/14

 

SB658: Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee 1/23/14

HB 1252

Rep. Haahr, et al

Springfield (R-134)

 

Possible Loss of Custody Rights for Talking About Abortion

The bill creates a new cause for denial of parental custody, visitation, and adoption consent if a partner is found to have “attempted to coerce” a woman into having an abortion. The bill is not clear on how such an attempt would be demonstrated to the court.  Current Missouri law has strict regulations related to the informed consent process for abortion that prohibit coercion. No woman should be forced or coerced into ANY decision related to her pregnancy.  A woman and her partner have the right to discuss decisions about whether to choose adoption, end a pregnancy, or raise a child.  The bill is an attempt by politicians to steer private medical conversations between partners away from merely discussing the safe and legal option of abortion. 

HCS HB1152: HCS Voted Do Pass House Judiciary 2/19/14

HB 1585

Rep. Koenig

Manchester (R-99)

Ban on Abortions

Prohibits abortion for sex selection or in cases of genetic abnormalities.  Opponents of abortion continue to look for new and different angles on intervening in personal and private decisions and playing politics with women’s health. A woman should not be forced by politicians to carry to term a fetus that has a genetic abnormality that may be incompatible with life. Abortion is a deeply personal and often complex decision for a woman, and politicians should not be involved.

HB1585: Referred to House Health Care Policy Hearing Completed 4/2/14

HB 1353

Rep. Gatschenberger

Lake St. Louis (R-108) 

Discrimination Against Women Seeking Services at Family Planning Centers

HB 1353 creates a flawed scheme of how state and federal family planning funds are allocated to specific providers, allowing patients at hospitals and other primary health care providers to get publicly funded care while those choosing to get care at popular family planning providers such as Planned Parenthood would be denied publicly funded care. 

 

HB1353:Referred to House Budget 1/28/14

Teen Endangerment Anti-Women’s Health Bills

We ALL want our teens to be safe. Parental consent and notification laws are opposed by major medical groups including the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health Association because research has shown they do not increase parental involvement, do not foster healthy communication, and in fact can be very detrimental to the health and safety of young women.  State law already requires a female under the age of 18 to obtain written informed consent of one parent or guardian prior to an abortion.

BILL

SPONSOR

SUMMARY

STATUS

HB 1192

Rep. Miller

Osage Beach (R-124)

Written Notification of BOTH Custodial Parents Prior to an Abortion

HB 1192 requires the two-parent notice writing 5 days prior to the performance of an abortion in addition to the existing requirement that a female under the age of 18 to obtain written informed consent of one parent or guardian prior to an abortion.  Parents rightfully want to be involved in their teenagers' lives, and the good news is that most teens do go to their parents when faced with an unintended pregnancy. But in the real world, no law can mandate family communication. Adding administrative obstacles that are nearly insurmountable to the teen can force them to take matters into their own hands.

SCS HB1192:
Senate Calendar – Informal Calendar 5/7/14

HCS HB 1488

 

 

 

Rep. Bahr

St. Charles (R-102)

 

Loss of Minor’s Ability to Consent to Health Care

Young people deserve the right to access the full range of reproductive and sexual health services they need.  Research has shown that parental involvement laws often delay young people’s access to services, endangering their health and safety.  For those young people who are afraid to seek the advice of parents or guardians regarding sensitive health care issues, or face the threat of violence in their homes – it is best for them to seek advice of a trained medical professional than to face the situation alone or afraid.

  • House Committee Substitute Voted Do Pass House Judiciary Committee 3/12/14

HCS HB1488:
House Calendar – House Bills for Perfection

 

SCS HJR 56

Rep. Richardson

Poplar Bluff (R-152)

Parental Rights – Constitutional Amendment – November Ballot

Young people deserve the right to access the full range of reproductive and sexual health services they need.  Research has shown that parental involvement laws often delay young people’s access to services, endangering their health and safety.  For those young people who are afraid to seek the advice of parents or guardians regarding sensitive health care issues, or face the threat of violence in their homes – it is best for them to seek advice of a trained medical professional than to face the situation alone or afraid.

HJR56: Referred: Senate Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight

HCS HB 1845

Rep. Anderson

Springfield (R-131)

Inappropriate Teen Consent Procedures

Current state law already dictates a strict informed consent process which must be completed in person and 24 hours before any abortion services are provided, regardless of age. Current law also mandates teens under 18 have the consent of one parent before accessing abortion in Missouri.  This bill would require the Department of Health and Senior Services to create separate, duplicative, informed consent processes for teens and consenting parents.  A woman should have accurate information about all of her options.  Information should support a woman, help her make a decision for herself, and enable her to take care of her health and well-being. It should not be provided with the intent of shaming, coercing, or making a woman change her mind. HB1845 clearly singles out teens and requires physicians to provide the teen with information intended to coerce and shame her into changing her mind.

HCS HB1845:
House Calendar – House Bills for Perfection 5/16/14

TRAP Bills (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers)

Reproductive health care services are among the safest and mostly commonly sought forms of care in the U.S.  But that hasn't stopped the anti-women's health movement from dialing up efforts to eliminate access to abortion through the introduction of TRAP ("targeted restrictions of abortion providers") bills and regulations that place unreasonable requirements on health care centers.  TRAP bills stigmatize and burden abortion providers and are calculated to chip away at abortion access under the guise of legitimate regulation.  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.  No one else does more than Planned Parenthood to reduce unintended pregnancies and keep women healthy.

BILL

SPONSOR

SUMMARY

STATUS

HCS HB 1478

 

Rep. Swan

Cape Girardeau (R-147)

 

Target Regulation of Abortion Providers: Duplicate Inspection Mandate

Abortion remains the most regulated medical procedure in Missouri despite the fact it is one of the safest medical procedures, with minimal—less than 0.05%—risk of complications. Duplicative, unnecessary inspection regulations that single out abortion providers need be recognized as part of an effort to drastically reduce access to safe and legal abortion.

HCS HB1478:

House Calendar – House Bills for Perfection 5/16/14

 

HCS SB 770

Sen. Wallingford

Cape Girardeau (R-27)

Target Regulation of Abortion Providers: Duplicate Inspection Mandate

Abortion remains the most regulated medical procedure in Missouri despite the fact it is one of the safest medical procedures, with minimal—less than 0.05%—risk of complications. Duplicative, unnecessary inspection regulations that single out abortion providers need be recognized as part of an effort to drastically reduce access to safe and legal abortion.

  • Senate Committee Substitute Voted Do Pass Senate Judiciary Committee 4/3/14
  • SCS SB 770 Taken up for Perfection – Laid over on Informal calendar 4/23/14

SCS SB770: On Senate Calendar – Senate Bills for Perfection (informal)

 

HB 1352

 

 

 

 

 

Rep. Gatschenberger

Lake St. Louis (R-108)

 

 

 

Medical Emergency Restrictions & Four Mandated Inspections Each Year

Redefines the definition of medical emergency when performing an abortion post-viability due to the health of the woman.  The bills prevent a physician from considering any psychological or emotional conditions when determining what constitutes a medical emergency. No condition shall be deemed a medical emergency unless result in her death or in substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function.  Additionally requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to inspect any abortion facility (excluding hospitals) a minimum of 4 times a fiscal year.  The bill gives the inspector the power to immediately close a health center.

HB1352: Referred to House Health Care Policy 1/28/14

 

 

 

HB 1375

Rep. Cox

Sedalia (R-52)

Additional Reporting Requirements

Requires detailed grant reports by Title X family planning agencies that also provide or refer for abortions. Title X agencies are barred by Federal law from providing abortions and required to provide information about the option of abortion if asked.  Detailed accounting—and annual audits—of how Title X funds are used is already a requirement of the funding.

HB1375: Voted Do Pass from House Health Care Policy 3/6/14

HB 1531

Rep. Spencer

Wentzville (R-63)

Miscellaneous Redundant Restrictions

Current state law, which has been in place for decades, bans abortion if thought for the purpose of gathering tissue or organs.  HB 1531 restates the current ban and creates a class C felony for the physician.

HB1531: Referred to House Health Care Policy 1/29/14

HB 1934

Rep. Black

Desloge (D-117)

Additional Shaming of Women Who Seek Abortion Care Services

HB 1934 requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to create a video that contains all the information required to be provided to a woman considering an abortion.  If passed, a woman seeking abortion services at least 24hours in advance would be given state-scripted counseling that includes medically inaccurate information designed to try to change her mind.  The same politically charged information would be repeated 3 times; in person, in writing and in the forced viewing of a video. 

HB1934: Referred to House Health Care Policy 2/26/14

 

HB 1495

 

 

 

Rep. Torpey

Independence (R-29)

 

 

No Public Funding or Tax Incentives for Abortion

Creates a new program for disbursing grants through Early Stage Business Development Corporations.  Although already state law, this bill prohibits any state funds or economic incentives involving abortion services or to those who refer for abortion.

SCS HB1495:
Conference Committee

 

HB 2072

Rep. Messenger

Republic (R-130)

No Public Funding for Abortion or Organizations who Perform Abortions Although already in state and federal law, these bills duplicate the prohibition of any public funds or governmental economic incentives to be authorized for a project involving abortion services, human cloning, or prohibited human research.

HB2072: Referred House Economic Development 3/26/14

SJR 38

Sen. Nieves

Washington (R-26)

Federal Nullification – Constitutional Amendment – November Ballot Prohibits Missouri state government from recognizing, enforcing, or acting in furtherance of certain actions of the federal government – including Federal actions legalizing or funding abortions.

 

 

SJR38: Voted Do Pass from Senate General Laws 3/25/14

PRO-Women’s Health Bills

Forty-one years after Roe v. Wade, women's fundamental rights are still under attack.  That's why pro-women’s health legislators in the Missouri General Assembly have introduced proactive legislation defending women’s health.   These bills provide common sense policy solutions to the challenge of unintended pregnancy.  It's a bold step forward for women's health and Planned Parenthood will continue to defend every woman's right to make her own medical decisions. 

BILL

SPONSOR

SUMMARY

STATUS

HB 1528

Rep. Newman

St. Louis (D-87)

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.

HB1528: Referred to House Health Care Policy 1/29/14

HB 1904

Rep. Smith

St. Louis (D-85)

Comprehensive Sex Education

This bill would once again allow trained sex education professionals to be invited into public schools and would require voluntary sex education courses to include information on both abstinence and the benefits of contraceptionOn April 1, 2014 Rep. Bahr through an amendment in committee removed ALL the language for comprehensive sex education.  House Committee Substitute (HCS) was passed out that would include expanding current sex education curriculum to include sexual predators, online predators, and the consequences of inappropriate text messaging. 

HB1904: House Committee Substitute (HCS) passed Children & Families 4/1/14

 HCS for HB 1904

Rep. Smith

St. Louis (D-85)

Expanding Current Sex Education Curriculum 

Although originally comprehensive sex education bill – HCS for HB 1904 now expands current sex education course materials relating to sexual education to contain information regarding sexual predators, online predators, and the consequences of inappropriate text messaging.

HB1904: (HCS) passed Children & Families 4/1/14

HB 1911

Rep. Montecillo

St. Louis (D-92)

Expanding Current Sex Education Curriculum 

Requires course materials relating to sexual education to contain information regarding sexual predators, online predators, and the consequences of inappropriate text messaging.

HB1911:

Referred to Children & Families 5/19/14

HB 1529

Rep. Newman

St. Louis (D-87)

Prevention First Act

Included in the bill are common sense solutions that will reduce STD’s, 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. 

HB1529: Failed 5-4 vote House Children & Families Committee  2/18/14

HB 1848

Rep. Newman

St. Louis (D-87)

Regulation of Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRC’s) Which Provide Medical Services

PRC’s falsely advertise themselves as health care facilities. These facilities are not licensed medical centers and do not meet the health care or privacy needs of the women they target, yet they receive tax-payer funding.  HB1848 establishes disclosure regulations for entities that provide pregnancy-related services or solicit patrons that offer prenatal sonography, pregnancy tests, or pregnancy options counseling.

HB1848: Failed 5-4 House Children & Families Committee 3/11/14

Medicaid Expansion

Expanding Medicaid is the Right Thing To Do.

After a disappointing 2013 and 2014 legislative session where the General Assembly failed to act, our fight continues.  We are tracking and following multiple bills that could change, reform, or expand Medicaid.  In this tough economy, more Missourians than ever are out of jobs and many are single parents making barely enough to survive, let alone support a family.  Under the national health reform law, Missouri has an opportunity to expand Medicaid to provide health insurance to single parents and childless adults who earn up to 138% of the federal poverty level, or about $25,000 for a family of three.  Taking advantage of this expansion is both the right thing to do and the smart thing to do for Missouri.  We will keep you updated to any significant changes or bills that would expand Medicaid. 

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