FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 17, 2013
“Women’s health 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.
Paula 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:
“Yet 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 medical care.”
As the session closed, here are the lowlights regarding women’s health:
- HB400 would ban the provision of non-surgical abortion via telemedicine.
- SB20 and HB698 would divert $2.5 million in tax credits to unlicensed and discredited so called “crisis pregnancy centers.”
- SB126 would allow pharmacies to refuse to stock birth control.
- The 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 patients.