Reproductive Rights

Women’s Voices supports a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her reproductive health.

MO Senate Vote Could End Access to Family Planning Services 

April 17, 2017–State lawmakers are considering a budget proposal that would 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.  Also, call  Senate Budget Committee Chairs asking them to protect family planning programs:  Ryan Silvey 573-751-5282 and Dan Brown 573-751-5713.

Judge Plans to Block Abortion-Restricting Rules

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) April 5 — A federal judge says he plans to issue a preliminary injunction to block abortion-restricting rules in Missouri similar to ones in Texas that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down last year.  Read more

 Senate votes to block funds to Planned Parenthood

March 30 (UPI) — Senate Republicans needed to call on Vice President Mike Pence and an ailing GOP lawmaker to pass legislation that seeks to give states the authority to withhold certain federal funding from Planned Parenthood.  Read more 

Missouri hospitals forgo family planning funds as abortion rule goes into effect

“At issue is a $10.8 million portion of the state’s Medicaid program, which covers pelvic exams, tests for sexually transmitted diseases and  family planning services for about 70,000 low-income Missouri women. To prevent violating a federal law that says Medicaid patients must be allowed to choose their own provider, the state is rejecting about $8.3 million annually in federal funds, and paying the difference with money from the state.”

“The MHA is counseling its members to not submit claims to the program after providing an abortion, regardless of the circumstances.”    read more here

MO to Cut Funds to Organizations Providing Abortions 

Providing abortions will put hospitals on the list of providers that may lose a portion of their Medicaid funding for women’s health services, due to a budget amendment passed last year by the Missouri legislature. Read more.

MO Legislature Considers Bills to Further Restrict Access to Abortion

January 18, 2017–Heartened by the November election, Missouri’s abortion opponents are considering a raft of bills – some old, some new – to expand the state’s restrictions on abortion-related matters and their enforcement.  Read more

HBO Film Focuses on Abortion Restrictions in MO

(CNN)Abortion: Stories Women Tell” is HBO’s latest advocacy-oriented documentary, chronicling the impact of Missouri abortion restrictions on those forced to cross the Illinois border to seek procedures. Spare and sober, it’s a solid look at how raw the issue remains, though given how entrenched opinions are, it’s unlikely to change many hearts or minds.

The film will air on HBO next year.  Click here for trailer.

 June 27 Supreme Court Rules on Abortion Case – protecting abortion access

Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice believes women must be respected as moral decision-makers, making choices based upon their own religious beliefs and traditions.  We are gratified by the Supreme Court decision allowing women to have access to abortion care.

From The New York Times:  The Supreme Court on Monday struck down parts of a restrictive Texas law that could have reduced the number of abortion clinics in the state to about 10 from what was once a high of roughly 40.

The 5-to-3 decision was the court’s most sweeping statement on abortion rights since Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992. It applied a skeptical and exacting version of that decision’s “undue burden” standard to find that the restrictions in Texas must fall.  read full article here

read “What’s Really at Stake in the Supreme Court’s Abortion Decision” here.

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You can also read here about Dr. Colleen McNicholas, who has admitting privileges only in St. Louis, which means if HB2 was upheld she would no longer be able to perform abortions anywhere outside St. Louis.   After the article was written, the Supreme Court struck down parts of the law that would have restricted the number of clinics in Texas.

Dr. McNicholas is seen here with her son at a celebration of the Supreme Court ruling which  will have implications for similar laws in Missouri and other states.

Women’s Voices Position: Reproductive Choice