State lawmakers are considering a budget proposal that could effectively end Missouri’s family planning program, leaving thousands of low-income patients seeking birth control and sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment with nowhere to go. Speak out and urge your senator to stand up for Missourians’ access to care.
An amendment to the budget may disqualify hundreds of providers in Missouri’s family planning program. In a deceptive attempt to link this program to abortion, the amendment seeks to bar any agencies that provide “abortion services” from receiving state funds — but it includes referral in the definition of abortion services. Legally and ethically, providers are obligated to inform patients of all options, including abortion.
And here’s the kicker: in order to disqualify hundreds of providers, legislators must reject millions in federal family planning funds and use scarce state taxpayer dollars instead.
The budget is moving forward in the Senate this week, and legislators need to hear from you. If this measure becomes law, low-income patients who rely on Medicaid could lose access to hundreds of providers across the state. With nowhere else to go for family planning and women’s health care, Missourians’ negative health outcomes like maternal and infant mortality, STIs, and unintended pregnancies will rise. Rural areas, which already face provider shortages, will be particularly devastated, as will low-income communities across the state.
Your voice will make a difference. Act now!
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