Holding Medicaid hostage over birth control defies law and reason

(Missouri Independent) – While playing politics with healthcare in Missouri is certainly nothing new, holding Missouri Medicaid hostage over basic birth control is a stunning — and consequential — shift. As captured in headlines across the state, state Sen. Paul Wieland has put the entire Missouri Medicaid program in jeopardy with his late-night amendment to a […]

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Abortion amendment puts bill to finance Missouri Medicaid program in limbo

(Missouri Independent) – Missouri Senate leadership pulled a bill vital for funding the state’s Medicaid program from floor debate Tuesday after adopting an amendment barring the use of public money for common contraceptive treatments. The amendment, sponsored by Republican Sen. Paul Wieland, could endanger the state’s entire Medicaid program by eliminating a health care service required by federal […]

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Hawley introduces amendment to transfer federal funds from Planned Parenthood to adoption program

Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced an amendment to Congress’s proposed budget resolution that would transfer federal dollars given to Planned Parenthood to federal adoption and maternal health programs. Senator Hawley said, “Instead of abusing obscure Senate rules and procedures to give handouts to their favored constituents, why don’t Democrats work across the aisle to help mothers […]

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Missouri panel grants abortion license renewal request for St. Louis Planned Parenthood

A state judge has ruled today the St. Louis Planned Parenthood meets requirements to get its abortion license renewed. The State Administrative Hearing Commission’s decision is a major blow to Gov. Mike Parson’s administration attempting to shut down the only abortion clinic in Missouri. The Missouri Department of Health denied the clinic license one year […]


Missouri man pleads guilty to arson at Planned Parenthood Clinic

 A Columbia, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court to the arson at the Columbia Health Center (operated by Planned Parenthood Great Plains) on February 10, 2019. Wesley Brian Kaster, 42, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Willie J. Epps Jr. to one count of maliciously using explosive materials to damage a building owned by […]

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Audio: Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue Missouri over ‘Heartbeat’ Bill

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union are suing Missouri over a contentious eight-week abortion ban bill.     In a complaint filed Tuesday evening, the organizations argue Missouri’s heartbeat ban violates U.S. Supreme Court precedent that protects access to abortion. The policy would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, except in […]

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Audio: Planned Parenthood sues Missouri to renew license, says state is ‘illegally weaponizing the licensing process’

On Friday, abortions could end in Missouri. Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen says it has filed a lawsuit today against the state attempting to preserve its right to provide abortions in St. Louis. She says the state “refuses to renew its license” at the St. Louis clinic by “insisting seven of its doctors be interrogated […]

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Audio: McCaskill responds to right leaning group’s hidden camera effort to target her

Hidden camera footage of Missouri’s Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill attempts to reveal her as more liberal than her campaign implies. McCaskill says the effort was an unsuccessful ploy to get her to be insincere.     McCaskill says the video, which features her talking about gun control and safety, reflects her views that are widely […]


Audio: Federal appeals court rules in favor of stronger abortion clinic requirements

(Missourinet) – A federal appeals court has ruled Missouri can enforce laws that pro-choice groups say will sharply reduce access to abortion.      The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a 2017 decision that blocked enforcement of the laws. The regulations require abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges and abortion clinics to […]

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Medicaid reimbursements for Planned Parenthood being stripped before Gov. Parson signs new law

Medicaid reimbursements for Planned Parenthood are being stripped before Governor Parson signs a bill calling for the action. Planned Parenthood of St. Louis has confirmed to Missourinet that it received a letter last Friday stating that the reimbursements had been suspended. M’Evie Mead of Planned Parenthood says state lawmakers were making a political statement with […]