Missouri Law Restricting Public Funding for Family Planning (HB 1353)
This law was last updated on Apr 24, 2014
HB 1353 would have reprioritized the distribution of public funds for family planning and reproductive health care in an effort to direct money away from abortion clinics (i.e., Planned Parenthood) and toward hospitals and other kinds of family planning clinics that didn’t provide abortions.
Specifically, the bill would have established the priority for the state with respect to any expenditures or grants of public funds for family planning services by the state to be health care facilities owned or operated by the state, non-public hospitals and federally qualified health centers, rural health clinics and finally non-public health providers that have as their primary purpose the provision of primary health care services as designated under federal law.
According to Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri:
[HB 1353] could prohibit women seeking services at health centers that specialize in family planning services from receiving publicly funded care. This would include health centers that primarily provide services related to women’s reproductive health, including family planning centers, and could also include private OB/GYNS. [HB 1353] creates a flawed scheme of how state and federal family planning funds are allocated to specific providers, allowing patients at hospitals and other primary health care providers to get publicly funded care while those choosing to get care at popular family planning providers such as Planned Parenthood would be denied publicly funded care. This could also prevent patients at health centers from receiving other types of federal or state funded services, such as treatment and prevention for sexually transmitted infections or cancer screenings and counseling.
Companion bill to SB 660, which passed the Senate on March 27, 2014.