Missouri Prevention First Act of 2015 (HB 353)
This law was last updated on Feb 5, 2015
HB 353 would change the laws regarding sex education in public schools, establish the Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies (CARE) Act and the Birth Control Protection Act, require the development of a women’s health-care program, and establish procedures for pharmacies dispensing prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines in certain situations.
Sex Education in Public Schools
The bill would require any course materials and instruction relating to human sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases to be based on peer-reviewed projects that have been demonstrated to influence healthy behavior, be age appropriate, and meet certain requirements. Notably, current materials and instruction must also reference the emotional and psychological consequences, possible academic results of preadolescent and adolescent sexual activity, and the advantages of adoption. HB 353 would remove these provisions.
Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies (CARE) Act
The Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies (CARE) Act would require that the standard of care for any health-care facility that provides emergency care to sexual assault victims be to give a victim information regarding emergency contraception, inform the victim of her option to be provided emergency contraception, and provide a complete regimen of emergency contraception if requested.
Birth Control Protection Act
The Birth Control Protection Act would prohibit a governmental actor or entity from being authorized to interfere in a consenting individual’s right to obtain or use safe and effective methods of contraception or to interfere with or discriminate against those rights in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information.
Women’s Health Services Program
The bill would require the Department of Health and Senior Services to implement a women’s health services program by July 1, 2016, through qualified health providers to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies.
Dispensing Prescriptions and Over-the-Counter Medicines by Pharmacies
HB 353 would require a licensed pharmacy to dispense a prescribed drug or device in stock without delay and in a manner that is consistent with the normal time frame for filling any other prescription. The bill would allow a pharmacy to refuse to fill a prescription if there is a valid medical concern, as specified in the bill, or if the customer is unable to pay. The bill would require a pharmacy to use standard procedures for expedited ordering to fulfill the prescription or locate another pharmacy of the customer’s choice and transfer the prescription if the prescribed drug or device is not in stock. The bill also would prevent a pharmacy from intimidating, threatening, or harassing a customer during the delivery of services.
This bill would have curbed the practice of pharmacists refusing to fill prescriptions for emergency contraceptives.
Similar to HB 889, which failed to pass in 2013.