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Statement from Yamelsie Rodríguez, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri and Emily Wales, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood Great Plains: 

“Today, the Missouri Supreme Court again reaffirmed our patients’ right to access critical care like cancer screenings, birth control, annual exams, STI testing and treatment, and more at Planned Parenthood health centers. Repeatedly, the courts have rejected politicians’ ongoing attempts to deprive patients of their health care by unconstitutionally kicking Planned Parenthood out of the Medicaid program.  

“Planned Parenthood is a critical part of Missouri’s already-overstretched safety net, providing high-quality health care that is both accessible and comprehensive to thousands of patients a year. The politicians making these attacks don’t care that they will be denying Missourians health care— they want to score political points by targeting Planned Parenthood. This is cruel and irresponsible. 

“The fight for patient access is far from over. At Planned Parenthood, we will continue to do all we can in order to ensure our patients keep their access to health care — our doors stay open.”


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