FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 13, 2013
Planned Parenthood Denounces Misguided Priorities of the Missouri Legislature
Women’s health placed at risk by Legislature’s choice to divert tax credits to unlicensed, discredited pregnancy resource centers while refusing to increase access to preventive and life-saving health care through Medicaid expansion
Missouri— Today the Missouri House approved another restriction on safe, legal abortion. HB400, the Non-Surgical Abortion Restriction bill, now moves to the Governor’s desk. The bill comes on the heels of two other misguided efforts to reduce access to birth control at pharmacies (SB126) and divert $2.5 million in tax funds to unlicensed and discredited pregnancy resource centers (SB20&HB698). The Missouri Legislature advanced proposals designed to endanger women’s health while failing to expand Medicaid.
In a joint statement, Paula Gianino, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri and Peter Brownlie, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri released the following:
“The Missouri Legislature has the wrong priorities when it comes to the health and safety of Missouri women. They have refused to increase access to preventive and life-saving health care opting instead to divert tax credits to unlicensed, discredited pregnancy resource centers and restrict access to birth control at pharmacies as well as access to safe, legal non-surgical abortion.
Women in the United States have been safely and legally using non-surgical abortion for over a decade. Non-surgical abortion gives a woman the option of a more private and less invasive method of ending a pregnancy, in a setting in which she feels most comfortable.
People in rural areas often have to drive very long distances to see a doctor in person. Health care centers, particularly in these areas, increasingly use telemedicine services for patients to receive quality medical care. The Legislature’s attempt to ban safe and effective non-surgical abortion through telemedicine leaves rural Missourians behind when it comes to the latest advances in medical technology.
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, hundreds of bills to restrict access to health care were introduced in 42 states putting politicians between a woman and her doctor.”
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.