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Missouri House passes a bill defunding abortion health care providers

House committee in Missouri's Capitol building
Nathan Lee
Missouri Democrats fight against legislation that defunds abortion care affiliates like Planned Parenthood.

Even though a Missouri Senate bill to defund affiliates of abortion care providers has been stalled by a filibuster, the House on Monday gave final approval to a similar bill.

The House bill passed Monday would bar affiliates of abortion providers from being reimbursed through the state’s health care programs.

A ruling last month by the Missouri Supreme Court halted Republicans from defunding Planned Parenthood through the budgeting process. That provided the impetus to defund it through policy.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Cody Smith from Carthage, says if organizations that lose state funding under the bill stop providing services, the market will fill the gap.

The bill is going to the Senate where Democrats are already working to keep the legislation from passing.

Alex Cox is a Junior in the Missouri School of Journalism. They're a reporter and producer for KBIA.
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