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Missouri Axes Medicaid Funds for Planned Parenthood – By Zane McNeill (Truthout) / May 10, 2024

“Just like MO’s abortion ban, ‘defunding’ is about power & control,” said a Missouri chapter of Planned Parenthood.

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On Thursday, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) signed a bill into law that effectively cuts off Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funds in the state, making Missouri the fourth state in the country to ban Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood.

The bill, HB 2634, is expected to go into effect later this year, and makes it illegal to allocate public funds to any abortion facility or “any affiliate or associate of such abortion facility.”

However, since the constitutional right to abortion was reversed in 2022, Missouri has enforced a strict abortion ban, thereby prohibiting Planned Parenthood chapters in the state from providing abortion care. Missouri law currently claims that life begins at conception, and providers who violate the abortion ban face civil and criminal penalties.

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