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What you need to know about the fight for reproductive rights in Missouri.

Federal judge blocks Missouri’s 8-week abortion ban

Aug. 27, 2019 • Associated Press News

A new Missouri ban on abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy won’t take effect Wednesday after a federal judge temporarily blocked it from being implemented.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri

New St. Louis Planned Parenthood CEO plans ‘statewide needs assessment’ to expand care

Aug. 27, 2019 • The Missouri Times

When Yamelsie Rodriguez takes over as the new president and CEO of the St. Louis Planned Parenthood facility, “nothing is off the table” for how she plans to expand services and “protect” Missourians’ reproductive care. 

Posted by Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri

Planned Parenthood and ACLU sue Missouri over 8-week abortion ban

July 30, 2019 • CBS News

Missouri's controversial eight-week abortion ban is officially being challenged in court. The complaint, filed Tuesday evening, means every one of the so-called "heartbeat" bans passed in various states is now in the hands of the courts.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri

Planned Parenthood in Joplin expands services to include HIV prevention

July 25, 2019 • Fourstateshomepage.com

Planned Parenthood is offering Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, at its Joplin clinic as well as all others across Southern Missouri. PrEP is a daily medication that can cut the odds of infection and transmission of the deadly virus.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri

Commission, not court, deciding fate of abortion in Missouri

June 27, 2019 • Associated Press News

The battle to keep open Missouri’s only abortion clinic has moved from the courts to a state administrative process, adding to the confusion about the future of the Planned Parenthood-operated clinic in St. Louis.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri

Missouri's only abortion clinic can keep license through Friday as it appeals to state commission

June 25, 2019 • St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A judge’s ruling Monday extended Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis clinic license through Friday, allowing Missouri’s only abortion clinic time to appeal to a state commission.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri

Missouri's only abortion clinic to remain open after judge's injunction holds

June 21, 2019 • NBC News

Missouri's lone abortion clinic can still operate after a St. Louis judge on Friday kept an injunction in effect allowing it to perform the procedure.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri

As abortion debate rages on, Missouri still one of most deadly places to be pregnant

June 11, 2019 • Kansas City Star

The birth of Keri Ingle’s daughter was a medical emergency.

The umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck, and Ingle started bleeding profusely.

The hospital team intervened, and everything turned out all right. But the close call gave Ingle — who went on to become a Missouri state representative — a new understanding of the individual horror stories that together make up the state’s persistently high rate of deaths due to pregnancy and childbirth.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri

Explaining the Missouri pre-abortion exam Rachel Maddow called ‘state-sanctioned sexual assault’

June 8, 2019 • The Washington Post

Under any circumstances, a pelvic exam is uncomfortable.

The invasive practice requires a doctor to insert a speculum into a patient’s vagina to examine her cervix and to insert fingers into that patient’s vagina while pressing her abdomen to feel her reproductive organs. Even when it’s medically necessary, it is unpleasant. But when it’s not — when it’s instead performed only because of a state mandate — doctors say the examination can be traumatizing.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri

$20 million to improve access to contraceptives for low-income women in Missouri

The state’s largest philanthropic health foundation is funding a $20 million initiative over the next six years to improve access to contraceptive services at clinics that serve the poor and uninsured.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - April 25, 2019

As Syphilis Invades Rural America, A Fraying Health Safety Net Is Failing To Stop It

When Karolyn Schrage first heard about the “dominoes gang” in the health clinic she runs in Joplin, Mo., she assumed it had to do with pizza. Turns out it was a group of men in their 60s and 70s who held a standing game night — which included sex with one another. They showed up at her clinic infected with syphilis.

Kaiser Health News - April 18, 2019

The Abortion Wars, Part 1: The Last Clinic in Missouri

The first of a two-part series from the New York Times’ “The Daily” podcast features our own Dr. David Eisenberg and long-time supporter and board member Vivian Zwick. They speak to many of the unnecessary and outrageous laws and regulations put in place in the state to block abortion access.

Part 2 is available here.

The New York Times - April 17 and 18, 2019

Cases of syphilis is up 200% in Missouri, from 2015 to 2018

A state advocacy group is sounding the alarm about a jump in sexually transmitted infections - both statewide and in one southwest Missouri county.

Fourstateshomepage.com - March 29, 2019

Students bring Planned Parenthood organization ‘Generation Action’ to campus to empower, inform

Last summer, senior recreation major Kayla Howard volunteered at Planned Parenthood where she attended weekly meetings and discussed current events and political issues. After noticing not many young people were involved, she was determined to change that.

The Standard - March 25, 2019

‘A lack of access:’ A look at STD/STI rates in St. Louis

St. Louis has long been known as the sexually transmitted disease (STD) and infection (STI) capital of the United States.

Student Life - February 14, 2019

Women head to Illinois for pill abortions after Missouri begins enforcing pelvic exam rule

Enforcement of a rule requiring women to have a pelvic exam before receiving a pill abortion is sending Missouri’s Planned Parenthood patients to Illinois.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Dec. 18, 2018

Sexual Health 101: Having 'The Talk'

“Parents have the same questions about sexual health as our youth!” St. Louis medical experts debunk myths about Sex Ed in our 2nd video on Sexual Health.

St. Louis American - Oct. 2, 2018

Med school alum Wen appointed president of Planned Parenthood

Washington University School of Medicine alumna Dr. Leana Wen was appointed to the presidency of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Sept. 12.

Student Life - Sept. 27, 2018

St. Louis city, county join together to tackle STD problem

The city has taken the unusual step of asking for the county’s help in tackling its long-standing problem with sexually transmitted diseases.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - July 6, 2018

New efforts to defund Planned Parenthood in Missouri alarm health care advocates

After failing to offer abortions in Springfield last year, Planned Parenthood and health care advocates in Missouri are worried that recent government action could cut funding for the organization and reduce its ability to provide health-care services besides abortion.

Springfield News-Leader - June 7, 2018

Could Abortion Become Illegal In The U.S.?

In Missouri, where a 20-week abortion ban recently passed the House, it’s required that a woman “receive state-directed counseling that includes information designed to discourage her from having an abortion, and then wait 72 hours before the procedure is provided” among other restrictions, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

1A - May 17, 2018

Planned Parenthood to expand services in Joplin

The Economic Security Corporation closed down its Women's Health Clinic in March. To help fill that void, Planned Parenthood will expand its services and hours in order to take in more patients.

KSN Local News - May 2, 2018

Economic Security Corporation to Close Their Women's Health and Family Planning Clinics

Stacked boxed filled with medical supplies now sit in a former examination room in a clinic that has helped thousands of women over the years.

KOAM - March 12, 2018

St. Louis aldermen debate protest-free ‘buffer zones’ around health care facilities

The Board of Aldermen gave on Friday initial approval to a measure that would ban protesters within an 8-foot radius of a health care facility’s driveway.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Feb. 23, 2018

Committee approves buffer zone around St. Louis Planned Parenthood facility

Protesters trying to speak to patients getting care at Planned Parenthood’s clinic in the Central West End would have to do so from farther away under a bill approved Wednesday by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen’s public safety committee.

St. Louis Public Radio - Feb. 14, 2018

Journalist Linda Greenhouse writes about the evolution of political coverage post-Trump

For three decades, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Linda Greenhouse covered the U.S. Supreme Court for the New York Times.

St. Louis Public Radio - Feb. 2, 2018

Roe v. Wade: The unintended consequences of abortion restrictions

Before 1973, when the Supreme Court legalized abortion in the landmark case of Roe v. Wade, the procedure was illegal in most states.

The Missouri Times - Jan. 22, 2018

Planned Parenthood offers STD testing and treatment

Planned Parenthood is prepared to care for those patients displaced by St. Charles County’s decision to stop offering STD testing and treatment at its county health facility.

St. Louis American - Dec. 20, 2017

Condoms will be handed out in St. Louis taverns Friday night for World AIDS Day

Volunteers from Planned Parenthood will be handing out condoms at St. Louis taverns Friday night, as part of World AIDS Day.

Belleville News Democrat - Dec. 1, 2017

Planned Parenthood to Make It Rain Condoms in St. Louis Tonight

Some seemingly counter-intuitive advice from your pals at RFT: Don't be alarmed if a stranger approaches you in a St. Louis bar and tries to give you a condom tonight.

The Riverfront Times - Dec. 1, 2017

Missourians can find health insurance enrollment assistance at Planned Parenthood

People in the Southwest Missouri area looking for health insurance may find help in a familiar place.

KOAM 7 - Oct. 31, 2017

Missouri regulators block access to medication abortion in Columbia, draw another lawsuit

Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has blocked expansion of medication abortion services in the state through regulations implementing Senate Bill 5, according to a suit filed by two Planned Parenthood affiliates.

The Missouri Times - Oct. 30 2017

LTE: Trump turns back the clock on reproductive freedom

While I applaud the 8th Circuit Court’s ruling allowing Planned Parenthood to expand abortion access and I am glad that pro-choice activists are continuing to help women prevent unintended pregnancies through better methods of birth control and improved sex education, President Donald Trump’s decision to roll back the birth control mandate does just the opposite.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Oct. 13, 2017

Trump Contraceptive Move Could Lead to More Abortions

The Trump administration's moves this week to cut back on free birth control and tighten abortion restrictions could add up to an unintended consequence, according to experts: Women may end up having more abortions.

NBC News - Oct. 8, 2017

Planned Parenthood Can Move Forward With Abortion Access Expansion

Last month, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley managed to halt the expansion of abortion access in the state by appealing to the U.S. Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit. Yesterday, however, the same court issued another one-sentence ruling on the matter — and this time the decision did not go Hawley's way.

Riverfront Times - Oct. 3, 2017

Planned Parenthood, in quest to offer abortions in Springfield, asks Supreme Court to help

Planned Parenthood on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule an order from a lower Missouri court as the organization forges ahead with plans to provide abortions in Springfield and Joplin.

Springfield News-Leader - Sept. 22, 2017

Planned Parenthood offers teen program for sexual health

Teens across the St. Louis area are advocating for comprehensive, evidence-based sex education through a program sponsored by Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri.

St. Louis American - Aug. 31, 2017

Op-Ed: Legislators need education on Planned Parenthood

One of the panel guests on This Week in Missouri Politics was Representative Diane Franklin, the chair of the (Missouri) House Children and Families Committee, and a legislator making decisions that impact the health and lives of Missouri women.

The Missouri Times - June 29, 2017

The last clinics

Seven states have only one remaining abortion clinic. We talked to the people keeping them open.

Vice News - May 23, 2017

Budget could gut family planning program for uninsured women

The federal government last week led a nationwide effort to raise awareness around issues of women’s health.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - May 25, 2017