From A.P. & KY3 News:
Missouri abortion providers will face new regulations for their clinics and new restrictions on teaching sex education classes.
Gov. Matt Blunt is signing legislation placing more abortion clinics under government oversight by classifying them as ambulatory surgical centers. Planned Parenthood claims the law could force it to spend more than $1 million to remodel some of its buildings. The bill also bars people affiliated with abortion providers from teaching or supplying materials for sex education courses. The legislation allows schools to offer abstinence-only programs. It also puts into law an existing grant program for pregnancy centers that encourage women to give birth instead to have abortions.
“The Missouri Alternatives to Abortion Services Program is an important program to the women we serve at LifeChoices. Many of the women we see feel overwhelming pressure to choose abortion due to circumstances, individuals, or difficulties in their lives. This bill will empower women to make an informed decision based on information instead of fear,” said Rita Lawson, client services director at LifeChoices, at a event in Joplin this morning.
Kellie Rohrbaugh of Planned Parenthood of Southwest Missouri said the bill "expressly prohibits family planning services. “If the Governor were serious about prevention of unintended pregnancy, he would ensure that women have access to birth control, which is the best ‘alternative’ to abortion," said Rohrbaugh.
“Governor Blunt is using the health care of women as a political tool—he has taken away the option for women to visit our health center for life-saving screenings,” said Rohrbaugh.