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Mike Parson joins legal effort to convince Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade

BY: - July 29, 2021

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has added his name to the growing list of GOP elected officials asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. Parson and 11 Republican governors submitted an amicus brief on Thursday in a Mississippi case weighing whether state laws that ban abortions before […]

Josh Hawley urges Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade in Mississippi abortion case

BY: - July 26, 2021

Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley joined with two of his GOP colleagues on Monday to file an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to overturn the the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. Hawley, a Yale Law School graduate and former Missouri attorney general, has said before that he could […]

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The Missouri House floor for the 2019 State of the State address.

Capitol Perspectives: Medicaid’s financial history

BY: - July 23, 2021

There is a fascinating history to Missouri’s recent special session to fix the legislature’s failure to continue one of the state’s most important financial mechanisms that assures adequate funding for Medicaid health coverage. The mechanism goes back to 1990, when Missouri accepted voluntary contributions from the Missouri Hospital Association to provide higher Medicaid reimbursements for […]

People hold up signs that read "Protect safe, legal abortion."

Federal appeals court will review decision in Missouri abortion ban lawsuit

BY: - July 20, 2021

In a move long-time legal observers say is unusual, the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will, on its own motion, review a June 9 ruling that blocked enforcement of a 2019 Missouri law criminalizing abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy with no exceptions for rape or incest. The order, issued last week, puts the […]

Missouri AG asks U.S. Supreme Court to review state’s eight-week abortion ban

BY: - July 1, 2021

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court decision blocking a state law criminalizing abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest. The law, which was approved by state lawmakers in 2019, also criminalizes abortions if they are being sought solely because […]

No changes in committee as FRA bill heads to Missouri House for debate

BY: - June 29, 2021

After receiving a warning that any delay beyond Wednesday for the bill extending medical provider taxes could be catastrophic, the House Budget Committee voted 27-2 to send it to the full chamber without any changes from the version passed last week in the state Senate. The new state fiscal year begins Thursday, and Gov. Mike […]

Missouri Senate approves FRA, rejects push to ban Planned Parenthood from Medicaid

BY: - June 26, 2021

A bipartisan coalition handed anti-abortion activists a rare defeat in the Missouri Senate Friday night, rejecting a push to ban Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid provider as it passed a bill to secure billions for the state’s Medicaid program. And only a restatement of the state’s already existing ban on using public funds to pay […]

Missouri Senate set to debate dueling bills extending tax crucial to Medicaid funding

BY: - June 24, 2021

After about three hours of testimony Thursday, the Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee approved two bills to extend medical provider taxes vital to funding the state’s share of Medicaid. The first bill brought up for a vote would extend the taxes for five years, limit the types of contraceptives available to women on Medicaid and block […]

Contraception, Planned Parenthood dominate debate as Missouri Senate returns to Capitol

BY: and - June 23, 2021

If state lawmakers approve the limits on Planned Parenthood’s participation in state medical funding suggested by Gov. Mike Parson, it would not cost the organization any money. Lawmakers are back in session this week because they failed earlier this year to extend provider taxes vital to funding Medicaid after a push from conservatives in the Missouri […]

Parson calls special session, setting up debate on contraceptives, Planned Parenthood

BY: - June 22, 2021

A special session to extend provider taxes essential to the state’s Medicaid program will begin at noon Wednesday, Gov. Mike Parson announced Tuesday afternoon. The announcement was issued just minutes after a noon deadline set by Parson on Monday. The call came after seven members of the Senate Conservative Caucus sent him a letter demanding […]

People hold up signs that read "Protect safe, legal abortion."

Federal appeals court upholds injunction blocking Missouri eight-week abortion ban

BY: - June 9, 2021

A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a lower court’s decision to block a Missouri law criminalizing abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest. Almost immediately after the ruling, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said he would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case. Reproductive Health Services […]

Ashcroft urges Missouri Senate to shut off debate to pass Medicaid funding tax bill

BY: - May 19, 2021

Republicans in the Missouri Senate should move to shut off debate if a filibuster blocks anti-abortion lawmakers from putting their stamp on provider taxes that fund Medicaid, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft said in an interview with The Independent this week. The advice was not, however, well received by the Senate’s Republican or Democratic leaders. […]