Some Missouri lawmakers plan to fight budget bill involving women's health

1 month 18 hours 37 minutes ago March 30, 2017 Mar 30, 2017 Thursday, March 30 2017 Thursday, March 30, 2017 8:18:00 PM CDT in News
By: Shaletta Norwood, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri lawmakers declined federal funding in 2016, in an effort to stop money from going to organizations that provide abortion services. Now some lawmakers are trying to stop that budget decision from moving into the next fiscal year. 

After the law passed in 2016, Missouri had to use state funding in order to compensate for turning down federal funding.

Missouri Sen. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) said Missouri taxpayers lost a total of $16 million. 

"Not only did the state of Missouri tax payers lose the $8 million that we would've collected from the federal government," Schupp said. "It cost us an additional $8 million in the budget."

Schupp said hospitals are negatively affected because of the loss of $8 million in federal funding. 

"Hospitals around the state sometimes need to provide abortions," Schupp said. "Hospitals are no longer able to get reimbursement through that federal funding because they provided an abortion to a woman who needed it." 

She and some other lawmakers are currently fighting against House Bill 11, which is the appropriations bill for the Department of Social Services, in order for state hospitals to receive funding even if they perform abortion procedures. The bill passed out of committee this week. 

The budget bill reads: "To appropriate money for the expenses, grants, and distributions of the Department of Social Services and the several divisions and programs thereof to be expended only as provided in Article IV, Section 28 of the Constitution of Missouri, and to transfer money among certain funds for the period beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018; provided that no funds from these sections shall be expended for the purpose of Medicaid expansion as outlined under the Affordable Care Act, and further provided that no funds from these sections shall be paid to any entity that performs abortions not necessary to save the life of the mother or that counsels women to have an abortion not necessary to save the life of the mother."

David Dillon, the spokesperson for the Missouri Hospital Association, said state hospitals' concerns go far beyond the federal funding cut. 

"Although we don't provide abortion services, especially for elected abortions, we do in the case of the life and the health of the mother," Dillon said. "What we can't do is attest that we will not, because if it saves a life, hospitals generally will provide those services."

Schupp said this funding issue should not be brought up in the budget process at all.

"We are not suppose to be legislating through our budget process," Schupp said. "This is an example of a blatant disregard for that rule."

Last year when the bill was up for discussion, National Public Radio reported Missouri Rep. Robert Ross (R-Yukon) was confident in his decision to strip funding.

"Simple amendment," he said on the floor of the Missouri House of Representatives in March 2016. "This stops your tax dollars from being used to fund abortions."

Ross did not return a request for comment via email Thursday night. 

Schupp said the next time the budget bill will come up will be in two weeks. 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Despite the weekend's wet weather, many people gathered at Christian Chapel to walk and run 32 laps for... More >>
7 hours ago April 30, 2017 Apr 30, 2017 Sunday, April 30 2017 Sunday, April 30, 2017 6:02:00 PM CDT in News
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (AP) — The Humane Society of Missouri expanded its operations by opening two new specialized centers in... More >>
7 hours ago April 30, 2017 Apr 30, 2017 Sunday, April 30 2017 Sunday, April 30, 2017 5:55:41 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Roughly 240,000 more Missouri Medicaid recipients are being switched to a system under which private companies... More >>
9 hours ago April 30, 2017 Apr 30, 2017 Sunday, April 30 2017 Sunday, April 30, 2017 3:37:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – A campus organization known as Sustain Mizzou could help the University of Missouri earn its first "Tree Campus... More >>
11 hours ago April 30, 2017 Apr 30, 2017 Sunday, April 30 2017 Sunday, April 30, 2017 2:00:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Families and pets met Sunday at Stephens Lake Park for the Mutt Strut, a benefit serving MU's Barkley... More >>
14 hours ago April 30, 2017 Apr 30, 2017 Sunday, April 30 2017 Sunday, April 30, 2017 10:46:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - April 30 is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, so KOMU 8 News asked for viewers to share... More >>
15 hours ago April 30, 2017 Apr 30, 2017 Sunday, April 30 2017 Sunday, April 30, 2017 9:39:10 AM CDT in News
ASHLAND — Search and rescue crews found a woman in Cedar Creek this afternoon after a kayaking accident. She was... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 11:20:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Missouri woman paralyzed by Lou Gehrig's disease isn't letting any limitations from the incurable disease... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 8:45:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — New Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' involved and sometimes aggressive leadership style is getting mixed reviews from... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 8:41:12 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Stephens College fashion design, marketing, management and communication students hosted the 73rd annual student design fashion show, called... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 8:12:00 PM CDT in News
FULTON — The city of Fulton is teaming up with William Woods University Chemistry Professor Joe Kyger to figure out... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 8:09:00 PM CDT in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY — First responders rescued three families from their homes in Callaway County Saturday during floods that swept through... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 7:47:00 PM CDT in News
FULTON — Emergency officials responded to a fatal crash near the intersection of State Route O and State Route UU... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 5:23:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Despite non-ideal weather conditions, people gathered at MU Saturday afternoon as a part of a nationwide climate change... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 4:46:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Ever wonder what to do with your unused prescription drugs? The annual 'Drug Take Back Day' helps... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 3:37:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Police officers responded to an armed robbery at Check Into Cash Saturday afternoon. According to a release... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 3:27:00 PM CDT in News
MID-MISSOURI — Flooding caused road closures on Saturday. KOMU 8 News viewers shared photos and videos of what they saw.... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 2:31:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — The Boone County Office of Emergency Management has reported numerous road closures due to flooding Saturday. ... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 1:32:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 49°
2am 48°
3am 47°
4am 46°
5am 46°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

1:05a
Dateline NBC
2:03a
Meet the Press
3:00a
Paid Program
12:00a
Dead Again
2:00a
Paid Program
2:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
9:01p
Taken
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Jane the Virgin
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld