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Missouri is poised to strip additional providers from a state-run program that provides family planning services for uninsured women.

The budget lawmakers are sending to Gov. Eric Greitens contains a provision that prohibits hospitals and clinics from participating in the Missouri Women's State-Funded Health Services Program if the organization also provides abortion services, as defined by a state law for sexual education in schools.

The budget also cuts the program’s funding by $4.6 million.

A similar amendment last year, filed by Rep. Robert Ross, R-Yukon, eliminated organizations that provide abortions for reasons other than saving the mother’s life. The new rule also would cut out organizations that can refer women to abortion providers, a nearly universal practice.

That means patients insured through the program, like Alecia Deal, 37, may need to find another doctor. Her coverage currently pays for checkups, birth control and cancer screenings at a Planned Parenthood clinic in south St. Louis, which does not provide abortions but can provide a referral. Though limited, it’s the only health coverage she has.

“I’m trying to wrap my mind around why the government has anything to say about it,” Deal said.

Deal, a community health worker, signed up for the coverage after the birth of her third child in 2015. She became pregnant with her third child just three months after the birth of her second, and knew that access to contraception would be important afterwards. Though she doesn't personally agree with abortion, she said it's a strange reason for lawmakers to cut a provider out of a family planning program.

“If you encourage family planning, it will reduce the need for abortion,” said Deal, who lives in St. Louis. “Not that it’s going to eradicate that, but it’s going to reduce it tremendously.”

Missouri lawmakers, St. Louis Public Radio 14 Comments [5/18/2017 12:52:15 AM]
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Malingspann

"Missouri lawmakers"

The laws they make are by men for men?

5/18/2017 1:54:17 AM

Mister Spak

"“I’m trying to wrap my mind around why the government has anything to say about it,” Deal said. "

Because it's an intrusive fundie government that interferes with peoples live with federal or state regulations run amuck.[/conservatism]

"“If you encourage family planning, it will reduce the need for abortion,” said Deal,"

But birth control murders dotbabies so that's not going to be allowed.

5/18/2017 4:14:31 AM

Swede

So, they want more unplanned parenthood? More unwanted children, more teenagers that won't be able to finish high school and become productive members of society, more welfare recipients? I'd say all that will costs much more than 4,6 million dollars.

Why? The insurance companies own your politicians. The insurance companies want to take in a lot of money without paying out any money.

Honey, they want to reduce women's rights to their own bodies. Vote Democrat the next time. They are a little less focused on restricting women's rights.

5/18/2017 5:32:05 AM

Azereaux

Are you idiots trying to bring back the coathanger? I'm not fond of abortions either, but this is so far beyond the pale that it borders on parody. What the fuck is wrong with you people? Do you just hate women or something?

5/18/2017 5:49:05 AM



On behalf of my state I apologize.

5/18/2017 6:44:11 AM

RiJayden

I live in St. Louis. It gets worse. The legislature has be screwing with our PPs for years, and the Thrive (crisis center ploy) idiots have been blocking the driveway to our main PP (the only one in the effing STATE that even does abortions), and heckling people who enter, as well as the those who go to the disability support center next door. This has gone too damn far.

I'd also like to apologize on behalf of our shitty legislature.

5/18/2017 7:32:01 AM

Anon-e-moose

How are you going to stop women in that state going on certain 'holidays' outside that state/to Canada or Mexico?

Turn Missouri into North Korea?

5/18/2017 8:20:09 AM

Mister Spak

@Anon-e-moose

"How are you going to stop women in that state going on certain 'holidays' outside that state"

Impoverish the whole state so nobody has the money to do that.

5/18/2017 9:01:56 AM

Meeeh

And remember, this is in what Americans call "The Greatest Country On Earth" - not that I have any idea what is so great about this but hey!

5/18/2017 10:05:51 AM

Scratch

But remember folks, Obamacare is evil and the dems want to keep you from your doctors.

5/18/2017 4:58:43 PM

DarkPhoenix

So, they want more unplanned parenthood? More unwanted children, more teenagers that won't be able to finish high school and become productive members of society, more welfare recipients? I'd say all that will costs much more than 4,6 million dollars.


They're trying to dismantle the safety net. Really, if the babies die after being born, that's fine with them. They just want the women to have to go through the full experience of pregnancy every time they have sex, because they're sadists.

5/18/2017 7:53:33 PM

SpukiKitty

Feminists need to do whatever the LGBTs have been doing. LGBT rights are growing but Women's Rights have been either stagnant nor retrograde.

Since Misogyny and homophobia are intertwined, it would make sense that Women's Rights would go the same way as LGBT Rights....but it doesn't....But it should because it would make sense and it would be FAIR!

What is 51% of the population....which isn't "rare", "niche" or "queer"....totally mainstream....not getting more rights?

....Maybe that's the reason. Women are a dime-a-dozen but LGBTs are "special" and the "special" are always regarded as more marginalized.

I'm all for LGBT rights but it's unfair that Women's Rights is having such a hard time despite being THE MAJORITY OF HUMANS!

Surely there IS a big opposition movement. Right?

Surely there are legions of people marching against this stuff in Missouri!

5/19/2017 9:22:49 AM

Doubting Thomas

“I’m trying to wrap my mind around why the government has anything to say about it,” Deal said.


Because they're Republicans and they think that your uterus is their business. Next time, don't vote Republican.

5/19/2017 10:54:12 AM

DarkPhoenix

Since Misogyny and homophobia are intertwined, it would make sense that Women's Rights would go the same way as LGBT Rights....but it doesn't....But it should because it would make sense and it would be FAIR!


Well, the enemies are the same. But I think the reason these two groups don't work together much on right is because of the TERFs. They're VERY loud...

5/19/2017 6:47:47 PM

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