Our Take


Thumbs Up,   Thumbs Down Awards

up Thumbs up for a ruling by US District Judge Nannete Laughrey in favor of a Columbia, MO Planned Parenthood clinic after the state tried to revoke its abortion license. The ruling on May 11 stated that the Department of Health and Senior Services likely bowed to political pressure and unfairly revoked the clinic’s license.

up Thumbs up to Google for banning payday loan ads, saying they are "deceptive or harmful financial products" because they "can result in unaffordable payment and high default rates for users."

down Thumbs down to the MO Legislature which over-rode the Governor's veto on capping school funding.

downThumbs down to the MO House for passing "personhood amendment" bill that would recognize a right to life of “unborn children at every stage of development.” The bill needs a second House vote before moving to the Senate.

up Thumbs up to the MO House for passing a bill to increase women's access to birth control by allowing pharmacists to prescribe oral contraceptives.  The bill moves to the Senate.

up Thumbs up to the MO Legislature for increasing funds in the state's 2017 budget for Parents as Teachers, child care subsidies to improve programs serving low-income children, trauma treatment for kids who are victims of abuse and new funds for state diaper banks.

upThumbs up to the St. Louis Public School system for banning out-of-school suspensions for students in prekindergarten through 2nd grade



The Latest

Judge Rules Against Tobacco Tax Proposal

An initiative proposing to raise Missouri's cigarette tax to benefit early childhood programs is in jeopardy of not making the November ballot after a judge ruled its financial estimate is insufficient and unfair.  Click here.

Victories in Legislative Session!

The Legislature passed two measures beneficial to Missourians:  health insurance rate review and increased Medicaid asset limits.  Click here.

The Legislature also upheld Governor Nixon's veto of the paycheck deception bill.  Click here.

MO Ranks Second: Toddlers Shooting Themselves or Others

Learn about the toll of accidental shootings Read more.  Our Lock it for Love project gave 41 free gun locks at the O'Fallon Recreation Center health fair, May 14 Read about it  - click here

Emotional Attachment: Key to Kids' Ability to Learn  

Read more

SJR 39 Discrimination Bill Defeated!

The House Emerging Issues Committee voted down SJR 39 on a tie vote April 27.  Click here

MO Rejects $8.3 Million for Women's Health Services

The MO Legislature's 2017 state budget does not include federal Medicaid funding to provide basic services for women.  Click here to find out why.

MO's New Budget: A Mixed Bag

The MO legislature has sent Governor Nixon the 2016-17 budget.  Click here for highlights 

Support Juvenile Justice Bills

Two bills that would help kids in the juvenile justice system are headed for a Senate vote.  Click here to support them.




Up Next





Racial Justice Book Club

June 9 - 5:00 PM - University City Library

We will discuss Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  You can also join our online book discussion.   Click here to learn more


Pride Parade!

June 26 - 10:30-1:00 PM  See article for details

Join us as we march in the Pride Parade as we have done every year beginning in 2009.  Read more here


Lunch and Tour of the Buckminister Fuller Dome

Wednesday, June 29  11:30 a.m.    Judi Jennetten's

Judi Jennetten has invited us to her Edwardsville home for lunch to be followed by visit to the Fuller dome on the campus of Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.   Learn more here



How did Children and Their Families Fare in the 2016 Legislative Session?

June 8   8:30-10:30 a.m.   The Heights – 8001 Dale Ave  63117

Speakers include representatives from The Missouri Budget Project, Missouri Children's Leadership Council and more.     Register here