IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 17, 2013 Contact: Michelle Trupiano 573.424.8717
placed at risk by Legislature’s agenda,”
Planned Parenthood says
Missouri— Today the Missouri Legislature adjourned the 2013
legislative session – a session marred by the triumph of politics over the
health and safety of Missourians. After failing to adopt the federally funded
Medicaid expansion, the Legislature approved restrictions on birth control and safe,
legal abortion – in addition to the 12 restrictive provisions enacted in the
past 3 years. In addition, the
Legislature chose to divert $2.5 million in tax credits to unlicensed and
discredited so called “crisis pregnancy centers.” Planned Parenthood affiliates
in Missouri encourage Governor Nixon to veto the abortion restriction bill, and
call on state legislators to end their campaign against women’s health.
Gianino, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and
Southwest Missouri and Peter Brownlie, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood
of Kansas and Mid-Missouri said the following:
again, we are seeing the wrong priorities come out of the Missouri Legislature
on matters of women’s health.
Instead of increasing access to preventive health care, the legislature
is working to restrict access to birth control and non-surgical abortion while giving
millions of tax dollars to groups that are known to provide misleading
information to women about their pregnancies.
“The Missouri Legislature is following a disturbing trend
in state legislatures across the country. Just months after women’s health was
a determining issue in an historic election, 42 states saw hundreds of
provisions introduced to restrict access to health care and to put politicians
between a woman and her doctor.
“We urge Governor Nixon to veto the abortion restriction bill.
All women in Missouri, no matter where they live, need access to quality
As the session closed, here
are the lowlights regarding women’s health:
- HB400 would
ban the provision of non-surgical abortion via telemedicine.
and HB698 would divert $2.5 million in tax credits to unlicensed
and discredited so called “crisis pregnancy centers.”
would allow pharmacies to refuse to stock birth control.
Legislature’s failure to adopt Medicaid expansion will deny 260,000 Missourians
access to life-saving and preventive services.
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
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