Advocates of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri announces its endorsement of Chris Koster for Missouri Governor

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Advocates of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri announced today its endorsement of Attorney General Chris Koster for Missouri governor.

“Advocates of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri believes all Missourians deserve access to quality, affordable health care, and that government has no place between a woman and her doctor. Chris Koster agrees and is the only candidate for governor who will stand up to extreme, anti-women’s health politicians in the Missouri legislature who year after year attempt to take away access to safe, legal abortion and affordable, effective contraception,” said Advocates of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri President and CEO Mary Kogut.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Advocates of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri. Planned Parenthood has delivered high-quality care to the women and men of Missouri for more than 80 years.

“Missouri’s legislature has become increasingly hostile to meeting Missourians’ health care needs. As governor, I will be committed to maintaining the preventative and educational programs that serve the unmet needs of women and men throughout Missouri,” said Attorney General Koster.

In contrast, Eric Greitens has advocated for the defunding of Planned Parenthood health centers, which provide quality, affordable health services – including well woman exams, cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and men’s health services – to over 50,000 Missourians every year. Greitens has extreme views and wants to take away women’s right to make private personal reproductive health decisions by banning abortion and allowing employers to refuse birth control coverage. In addition, Greitens has pledged to oppose Medicaid expansion, despite the fact that Missouri would actually save more than $81 million and create good jobs while keeping Missourians healthy.


Advocates of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri is an independent, nonpartisan organization with a primary purpose of advocacy on behalf of reproductive rights and health. Advocates of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.


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