03/25/19 - Missouri Mondays - Lobby your legislator for Planned Parenthood & protect our healthcare!
For this week’s Missouri Mondays we ask you to raise your voice with Planned Parenthood and allies from all over the state lobbying legislators for quality sexual and reproductive health care for all Missourians! We’re excited and hope to see you in Jefferson City on Tuesday, March 26 for Lobby Day with Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri and Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes! Register for the event with Planned Parenthood choosing the link for your area HERE. Please also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we know you’ll be there. Your voice really matters so even if you can’t be there please contact your legislators about the following bills:
House Bills 10 & 11 - Budget bills - Reject any discriminatory language excluding Planned Parenthood funding!
There is justified concern that lawmakers may add language that could discriminate against Planned Parenthood by excluding their funding from the budget.
Opposition argues falsely that there are enough MO safety net clinics available so defunding Planned Parenthood is not a real issue. However research from 2017-2018 found only 7% of health centers other than Planned Parenthood offer comprehensive and accessible family planning care.
Here’s more information from 2018 on safety net research and the MO budget: https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/uploads/filer_public/25/1e/251e0440-5825-4f05-83f5-20d61b64a9f3/hb_10_-_safety-net_provider_report_summary.pdf
Senate Bill 279 (also HB 339, HB 850, HB 680) - Abortion Ban Bills - Vote NO!
Extreme, unconstitutional bills playing politics with access to health care and intruding on the relationship between doctor and patient
Threaten healthy and safe pregnancies by restricting doctors, increasing the potential for life-threatening consequences
So-called “20 week bans” like these are unconstitutional
Not based on credible medical evidence
Lawmakers should focus on legislation to improve health for all Missourians
More information about SB 279 and similar bills: https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/uploads/filer_public/31/b8/31b87987-00af-4547-a94b-0b7f460e3a7a/hb_339_hb_680_hb_850__sb_279_abortion_ban_fact_sheet.pdf
House Bill 747 - (HB 741, SB 443) “Period Poverty” bills - Vote YES!
Would lower the sales tax for menstrual period products and diapers
1 in 4 women struggled to purchase period products within the past year due to lack of income - (Source: 2018 U by Kotex survey conducted with YouGov)
State and federal safety-net programs cannot be used to purchase period supplies
More details on the bill can be found here: https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/uploads/filer_public/5e/ff/5eff642f-2407-43bb-9a5d-b97070caa32d/hb_741_hb_747_sb_443_fact_sheet_-_period_poverty.pdf
House Bill 553 - Sterile needle and syringe exchange pilot program - Vote YES!
HB 553 would establish a needle and syringe exchange pilot program.
The pilot program will “offer free exchange of clean and unused hypodermic needles and syringes for used needles and syringes as a means to prevent the spread of disease through intravenous drug use” and “educational materials, counseling, testing, and referral services.”
You can read the bill here: https://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills191/sumpdf/HB0553I.pdf’
THANK YOU! for answering the Missouri Mondays CALL TO ACTION!