The Todd Akin bill of the session? Planned Parenthood affiliates in Missouri

   

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Dear Daniel,

Last week the Missouri House voted to pass the Denial of Care bill (HB457), which is designed to protect and encourage those who refuse to provide critical reproductive health services to women in Missouri – even workers who deny rape survivors access to or information about emergency contraception.

Here’s what Representative Stacey Newman, (D-87 St. Louis) had to say during House debate:

“This bill terrorizes rape victims. Is this what we’re gonna do?  This is the Todd Akin bill of the session? Come on!”

Denial of Care is now before the Missouri Senate, which is likely to debate the bill next week.

Take Action NOW! Tell your Senator that science, not politics, should determine medical decisions! 

Missouri law already grants protections to individuals who refuse to provide access to safe and legal abortions. The Denial of Care bill unnecessarily expands the law to protect and encourage the denial of birth control including emergency contraception to rape survivors, sterilization, assisted reproduction and stem cell research. Denial of Care also allows medical professionals and institutions to deny referrals for the necessary care if they refuse to provide it!

Tell your Senator to vote against denying women, including survivors of rape, access to accurate information and birth control! 

Sincerely,

Planned Parenthood affiliates in Missouri

 

 

Dear Daniel,

Last year, Congressman Akin’s inaccurate and insulting statements about “legitimate rape” shocked the nation.  Missourians responded at the polls and sent a clear message that survivors of sexual assault and rape deserve accurate information, support and respect.

Denial of Care

Well, some Missouri legislators did not get that message.

Among several bills filed to restrict access to reproductive health care is Representative Jones’ Denial of Care bill (HB457).  HB457 singles out women’s reproductive health care, including information and access to emergency contraception for rape survivors, for refusal of care. 

We hear they are fast-tracking this bill for a vote on Monday (3.11)! Tell your Representative to vote against denying women, including survivors of rape, access to accurate information and birth control!

Under the guise of protecting religious liberty, which is already protected by the United States Constitution and Missouri law, HB457 would needlessly expand Missouri’s already extensive refusal clause.  This bill simply goes too far.

HB457 would protect and encourage the denial of birth control (including emergency contraception to rape survivors), sterilization, assisted reproduction and stem cell research. HB457 would even allow medical professionals and institutions to deny referrals for the necessary care if they refuse to provide it!

Tell your Representative that science, not politics, should determine medical decisions! 

Sincerely,

Planned Parenthood affiliates in Missouri

 

 

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