Family planning has again become a budget matter in the House. The House Budget Committee had restored funding for family planning, including contraceptives, in the proposed $21 billion state budget. Family planning had been removed from the budget in 2003 when anti-abortion lawmakers move to keep state money from going to Planned Parenthood. The new language would have gotten around that by funneling the money through women’s health clinics. Representative Susan Phillips (R-Kansas City) succeeded in stripping the language from the bill and adding language that greatly restricts how health funding for poor women can be spent. Phillips tells colleagues she isn’t against contraceptives, but is against the state paying for them. Opponents of Phillips’ move say it will prove counter-productive, increasing the number of abortions in Missouri. Phillips says Missouri Right to Life and the Missouri Catholic Conference support the change.
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