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At Session End, Missouri Senate Fails to Prioritize 'Women’s Health'


Leslie Pritchard, Communications Manager | (573) 694-4898

JEFFERSON CITY (MO) – The Senate refused to allow HB 2413 (Peters), a ‘women’s health’ omnibus bill that would have improved Missourians’ health and wellbeing, from being brought up for the final vote needed before sending to Governor Parson for signature. The denial of this vote came after a fast-tracked Senate committee hearing, resulting in a unanimous vote to send the bill to the Senate floor. 

HB 2413 would have updated state mammogram notices, increased access to contraception, ensured healthcare facilities are properly equipped to conduct sexual assault forensic exams, and treated and prevented sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including congenital syphilis, at a time when rates are rapidly increasing in Missouri. 

Senate dysfunction and in-fighting stymied operations throughout session and instead, the General Assembly prioritized taking away preventive healthcare from Medicaid enrollees and attempting to end majority rule in Missouri. At the same time, the body failed to renew a critical tax credit for Missouri diaper banks, adequately fund the state’s Medicaid program, and end child marriage.

Statement from Mandy Hagseth, Director of Policy & External Affairs:
“It’s beyond disappointing that HB 2413 was never granted the one final vote it needed to be sent to the Governor, despite its wide, bipartisan support and the dire need it meets. This is what Missourians wanted elected officials to accomplish and this impact will no doubt be felt at the ballot box.”


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