Shame on Schaefer: Stop Punishing Missouri Women

So Donald Trump wants to “punish women” who access abortions.  It’s not just him and Ted Cruz but MO State Sen. Kurt Schaefer and his GOP cronies in Missouri too.


Thursday, April 14th, the Missouri Senate voted 24-8 to hold St. Louis Planned Parenthood CEO Mary Kogut and Dr. James Miller of Pathology Services Inc. in contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena demanding private medical records protected by HIPPA = Senate Resolutions 1793 and 1794.

THIS IS NO JOKE. Sen. Schaefer intends to jail them if they don’t appear in the Senate chamber on April 25th at 2pm.

Sen. Schaefer, by the way, is running for MO Attorney General and is the Senate Budget chair who removed state $$$$ from the budget which will affect Planned Parenthood’s ability to provide vital health care services like birth control & annual exams. LOVELY, RIGHT?


CgHjTT7VAAARD27This past Thursday the Missouri House passed their “witch hunt” bill (HB2069) sponsored by Rep. Diane Franklin which would ban donations of fetal tissue for research, expand aborted tissue reporting requirements and mandate MORE inspections of Planned Parenthood.  My DEBATE HERE.

Rep. Franklin’s response on the floor HERE“This has been called a witch hunt and I want to tell you – the witch has been found. It is in the demeaning of the committee’s work, the research, the investigative process, the facts that it found.  The fact is that the videos have been verified.” 



This past week HJR98, a constitutional amendment resolution, passed out of my Children & Families Committee (chaired by Rep. Diane Franklin): would guarantee “personhood” to embryos at “every stage of biological development”.  If it makes it to the ballot, it would essentially OUTLAW birth control and infertility treatments.  ANOTHER GREAT IDEA, RIGHT?




RSVP HERE to reserve your free “Shame on Schaefer” tshirt –I will be there with tons of people who are standing up to this bully Senator.




Click HERE – Add your name to hundreds of Missourians who are sick of Sen. Schaefer’s bullying.

I’ve had enough of his schemes to punish women, invade privacy and attack our rights.




Senator Kurt Schaefer – kurt. [email protected]

Speaker Todd Richardson – [email protected]

Rep. Diane Franklin – [email protected]

Rep. Mike Moon – [email protected]


Forward this email to every progressive friend you have —including on Facebook and Twitter.  We know you have friends. This must be a collective effort because THEY think we’re not paying attention.



ProgressWomen began as a project December 2014 through my legislative office after women kept asking “What can I do to get involved?”  We are now a collective of over 2000 women statewide (and growing) who are sick and tired of the attacks on women & families in Missouri. Check us out online. Open up your address book & refer us every progressive woman you know.  Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @ProgressWomenUs & friend us on Facebook @ProgressWomen.

“It’s going to take a village”.  You in?

Geez, Louise! MO Legislature Already a Doozy for Women

Geez, Louise!  The Missouri legislature is now in the 5th week of session and already it’s a doozy for women.

Have you heard that it’s a Presidential Election year?  If not, the number of anti-women bills should be a clue. How about these?

* HB1714 – Rep. Tila Hubrecht (R-Dexter) – Establishes the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Act (public House hearing today Feb. 2)

* HB1794 – Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) –  “All Lives Matter Act” – Personhood begins at conception/ fetuses are people

* HB1815 – Rep. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester) – Establishes Abortion Ban for Gender Selection & Genetic Abnormalities Act (similiar to SB802)

Never mind the Texas indictments of the makers of the fake anti-Planned Parenthood videos…

As you might expect, the sham “Planned Parenthood Witch Hunt” interim House hearings produced a report to the Speaker which insists that that the Missouri Attorney General’s investigation completely clearing Planned Parenthood of any wrong doing is not sufficient.

An excerpt from Children & Families Chair Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton) report cover letter to Speaker Richardson:

Why should a federal indictment of the video makers by a grand jury convened by a GOP prosecutor make any indifference to the Missouri GOP?

Because the interim committee report was such a complete sham, we Democratic minority interim committee members issued OUR OWN report last week – a move allowed by House Rule 35 which is rarely done.  CLICK HERE TO READ OUR FULL REPORT

Our report includes this:

And there’s more…

Already the GOP controlled legislature is swiftly advancing their 10 year fight of voter supporession.  Voter ID bills (including the constitutional amendment which would go straight to the 2016 ballot) have passed the Missouri House and Senate versions are having committee hearings today.

We know that Voter ID proposals ARE voter suppression.  They hurt primarily the elderly, disabled, low income workers who use public transportation, transgender voters and out of state college students —-AND primarily women (who have name changes more often).  Read the Kansas City Star editorial which spells it out simply —-Here’s Who Loses With Missouri’s Latest Voter ID Proposals.

Can you stand to read more?

I hope you’re sitting down for this.  Of course the GOP has to have a gun lobby bill for presidential year voter turnout…

* SB731 – Senator Brian Munzlinger – Allows concealed guns on college campuses (Senate hearing completed last week).

Great idea that 19 year olds can carry concealed weapons to class, to football games and to fraternity parties, right?  Every Missouri public university and law enforcement testified NO.  But the real kicker is IF colleges opt out of allowing concealed weapons, they must provide security at every entrance of every building on campus.  The estimated pricetag if they opt out?  An estimated 1 billion dollars.  I am so not joking.  Seriously.


It pains me to say this but with the legislature we have now?  There’s not much we can do right now except…


Because that’s where this all begins —on Election Day.  Check out your Missouri voter registration HERE.   If you’re not registered to vote in Missouri where you currently live, DO IT NOW ONLINE.


Tuesday, March 15 – MO Presidential Primary

Tuesday, April 5 – Municipal Elections (mayors and local elected who tend to run for higher office

Tuesday, August 2 – MO Primary (when most legislators are essentially elected

Tuesday, November 8 – MO General Election (practically everybody else on the ballot)


Senate President ProTem Ron Richard – [email protected]

Speaker Todd Richardson – [email protected]

Children and Families Chair, Rep. Diane Franklin – [email protected]


Forward this email to every progressive friend you have —including those on Facebook and Twitter.  You have friends, we know you do.  This MUST be a collective effort because believe me, THEY are organized and think we’re not paying attention


Just who is PROGRESSWOMEN again?

ProgressWomen began as a project December 2014 through my legislative office after women kept asking “What can I do to get involved?”  We are now a collective of over 1000 women statewide (and growing) who are sick and tired of the attacks on women & families in Missouri. Check us out online. Open up your address book & refer us every progressive woman you know.  Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @ProgressWomenUs & friend us on Facebook @ProgressWomen.

“It’s going to take a village”.  You in?

MO “ProgressWomen Evening” With Our Very Own Abortion Heroes

Dr. Colleen McNicholas, myself & Sarijane Freiman.

Dr. Colleen McNicholas, myself with my knitted uterus & Sarijane Freiman.

If you live in Missouri, you should have been there!

Over 75 women took over my home this past week ready to celebrate three “Mystery Guests” and to rally against the insane Planned Parenthood witch hunt these past months in the State Capitol.

I was nervous how  we could fit everyone but sans furniture, we did it – with room for even more next time (next time???).

The very special guests wowed the crowd – Sarijane Freiman, whose late husband Dr. Michael Freiman was the very first legal abortion provider in 1973 in St. Louis AND Dr. Colleen McNicholas who is at the center of the political reproductive justice storm as an abortion provider to a clinic in mid-Missouri.

Sarijane charming the crowd with her stories of protecting women's abortion access.

Sarijane charming the crowd with her stories of protecting women’s abortion access.

Sadly our third special guest, Dr. Jaclyn Grentzer, a local reproductive rights champion, had to miss the event at the last minute because of a patient’s emergency pregnancy crisis.

We ate, kibbitzed and were fired up with amazing stories from Sarijane how her husband and family continually faced harassment and threats for years, sometimes having to leave their home to be safe.

She explained how dedicated Dr. Freiman was to women’s abortion choices and her own renewed commitment to make sure women can access what they need. I have already adopted Sarijane as my new favorite friend and mentor!

ProgressWomen co-hosts - Lindsey Pattan, Aimee Knebel, Elizabeth Wiseman & Lindsey Toler.

ProgressWomen co-hosts – Lindsey Pattan, Aimee Knebel, Elizabeth Wiseman & Lindsey Toler.

Dr. McNicholas described her own dedication as a St. Louis OB/GYN, why she volunteered her services to the mid-MO clinic and lobbies with medical students in the state Capitol.  Read the latest on the GOP’s attacks on her ability to serve as the new abortion provider at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia, near the University of Missouri.

Grooming my 5 year granddaughter, Maya as our next family activist with her mom, Margo Newman.





Right:  Grooming my 5 year granddaughter Maya, with her mom Margo Newman, as our next family activist.

I will continue to work with Sarijane, Colleen and Jaclyn as the fight in Missouri rages on. The Missouri legislature goes back into session on January 6, 2016 and you betcha that more abortion attacks are coming.

You can count on me to keep being a LOUD voice in hearings and on the floor against the continual political attacks on women all over the state.

You can count on ProgressWomen to keep raising hell and fighting back to protect women’s reproductive care access that we ALL count on.  Join with us!

Follow @ProgressWomenUS on Twitter, @ProgressWomen on Facebook and get frequent ProgressWomen e-news by sending your email address to [email protected]  So do it now…what are you waiting for???


Join us for an “Evening with 3 Secret Mystery Guests”!










You don’t want to miss this “ProgressWomen Missouri Evening with 3 Secret Mystery Guests”!

Thursday, December 3 –  6pm to 8pm

Home of MO State Rep. Stacey Newman, 6340 Clayton Road #206, St. Louis, MO

COHOSTS:  St. Louis Alderwoman Megan Green, Taunia Adams, Blythe Burkhardt, Susan Cook, Mia Henderson, Aimee Knebel, Sarah Wood Martin, Lindsay Pattan, Pam Rich, Lindsey Terry and Daniela Velazquez

Are you angry about the horrific attacks on reproductive justice in the State Capitol?  Angry at the bully tactics putting the health of young women in Columbia in jeopardy? Angry at the constant attacks on women by the GOP leadership?

Three very special Mystery Guests will FIRE US UP –  because we are mad & are not taking it anymore.

We guarantee you NEED to be here to help us fight back against the ugly anti-woman attacks coming to Missouri’s state capitol in January.  Space is limited and filling up fast so please RSVP right away.

Nope, we won’t tell you who our special guests are. 

Support Washington University – Summit for Women’s Empowerment November 7, 2015







What could be more important than empowerment?  Owning our success? Owning our opinions?  Owning our differences?  AND supporting Washington University-St. Louis women who are sponsoring the popular national summit right here in St. Louis.

I’m thrilled to be a part of the day long summit which is open to women of all ages in the St. Louis community.  Come join me & a very impressive lineup of professional women panelists (many from out of town) – from the world of business, media, STEM, sports and entertainment and an exciting lineup of breakout sessions and one-on-one time with really smart women.

It’s young women inspiring other women. Motivating us. Changing the world.

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Washington University student cochairs are part of  ProgressWomen themselves – Claudia Vaughan and Ellen  Kaushansky – who helm a  marvelous executive team overseeing ALL the logistics, corporate and university sponsors & everything it takes for a marvelous day long event.

Check out the impressive panels of speakers, schedule, everything you need to know and register right away HERE.  I’ll be there.  You come too.  How can you miss this?


  register-buttonSATURDAY NOVEMBER 7, 2015



$15 = Washington University undergraduates, $40 = Community members



Ladies, This is serious.

AND against federal law…bullying by MO GOP & now, Mizzou at it’s worst.

Columbia Tribune – MU Ends Privileges Granted to Abortion Doctor in Review Prompted by “Sanctity of Life” Committee

Kansas City Star – University of Missouri Shamefully Caves in to Political Bullying

St. Louis Post-Dispatch – University of Missouri Ends Clinical Privileges to Planned Parenthood Doctor



Are you as livid as I am, that State Sen. Schaefer’s bullying tactics & political pressure in threatening higher ed funding has reached all the way to Mizzou?  Are you crazed that women’s reproductive healthcare – OUR vaginas & uteruses – are political pawns in Jefferson City?


*Chief Medical Officer for MU Health Systems Dr. Stevan Whitt – [email protected] –  Phone: 573-884-9431

*University of Missouri Chancellor Bowen Loftin –[email protected][email protected] on Twitter –  Phone: 573-882-2121



Wear your PINK on national “Pink Out for Planned Parenthood” Day Tues Sept 29 – tweet #PinkOut & #StandwithPP,  Pink Out your social media with selfies & join me to yell and scream.


In Mid Missouri – join Mizzou for Planned Parenthood. Come to Speakers Circle on the University of Missouri Campus in your “Pink” at 4:30pm.

In St. Louis – join me at WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY  and  my new  favorite activists –  Washington University  Student  Advocates for Reproductive Rights at 1pm in front of the  Danforth University Center with your  pink.

In Jefferson City – join the demonstration at Saffee’s  courtyard, 227 E.. High Street at NOON.

LIKE ON FACEBOOK –  Planned Parenthood Advocates in  Missouri for more events around the state.


Write an op-ed, blog post, letter to the editor, share online with your universe and express YOUR thoughts about this attack on our private parts.


Refer every woman you know to ProgressWoman – on Facebook & Twitter @progresswomenus. Repost, retweet & help make noise & don’t forget to wear your pink.



Reminder – Look up your state and federal electeds HERE.

If you don’t know who represents you, then what can I say?. These are the people making policy decisions which affect you.  And while you’re at it, strongly encourage your friends to learn too.



ProgressWomen began as a project December 2014 through my office after women kept asking “What can I do to get involved politically?”  We are now a collective of over 1000 women statewide (and growing) who are sick and tired of attacks on women & families in Missouri, in so many ways. 

Check us out online. Open up your address book & refer us every progressive woman you know.  Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @ProgressWomenUs & Facebook @ProgressWomen.

You’ve heard this before – “it’s going to take a village”.  Tired of their nonsense?  You in?

“I’m All In for Hillary Clinton, My Next President”

This past week was the 20th anniversary of First Lady Hillary Clinton’s historic speech on women’s rights in Bejing.  Every since, we have held this as truth: “Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights.  Hillary’s #Beijing20 speech wasn’t loved by everyone. She took a risk because she knew women needed a voice: WATCH HERE.

Yet, here at home in the U.S., we have to continually fight for our legal rights, like access to abortion, voting rights and equal pay, with as much fervor as we can muster because of the constant attacks in state legislatures and Congress.

I’m sick & tired of constantly fighting for these human rights for ourselves and our daughters, just as our mothers and grandmothers fought for us. 

I want my elected officials to stand up for us, not use us as pawns.  I’m sick of our “issues” being treated as something to barter away (as the Missouri State Senate Democrats did in 2014 with the 72 hour abortion delay bill now as law.)

By the way —did you catch any of the anti-Planned Parenthood hearings today in Congress?  YES, the GOP want to shut down the government until they can defund Planned Parenthood:  28 GOP Men Threaten Govt. Shutdown over Planned Parenthood.  Attacks on women are real and continue.

For reasons below in my Huffington Post article last weekend, I am wholeheartedly endorsing Hillary Clinton to be my next President.

I hope you will join with me.


I’m All in for Hillary Clinton, My Next President

When I was nine years old, I asked why my older brother got the fun chores like mowing the grass instead of having to do the hated dishes every night like me. I was told he’s a “boy”, like that was supposed to make sense. Then in college, I was repeatedly passed over for leadership positions for the “boy” even though my resume completely outshined any of theirs. I was told that to be happy I needed to focus on my looks and “find a man”. Over and over I learned that being a “girl” was a disadvantage. I was pretty angry.

Fast forward a bunch of decades and I now serve in the Missouri state legislature where women are subjected to continual sexual harassment scandals and policies pushed by the GOP designed to punish and shame women. Pay equity, reproductive justice, keeping domestic abusers from guns and our voting rights are issues we fight for every year, where it’s clear that particularly in Missouri, it remains a liability to be a woman. I am still angry.

I want my next President to fight for me, my daughter and my granddaughters. I want someone smart, worldly and experienced. I want someone who believes that “Women’s Rights are Human Rights” is not “playing the gender card” or merely a meme.

I want someone who believes at their core we must stop senseless gun violence, that automatic voter registration and a strengthened Voter Rights Act is urgently needed and the protection of a woman’s access and legal right to birth control and abortion is a must. I want a President who cares and is deeply vested in the quality of women’s lives. I need a President to work in tandem with me for equality and justice in my state, not flagrantly pander to the evangelicals who work against women, families and workers.

If that candidate just happened to be a woman who would be the first woman in history elected to the White House —OMG —that would be like the best cream cheese icing on the biggest chocolate fudge cupcake ever.

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Hillary Clinton overwhelmingly exceedingly fits my requirements. I want and need her as my next president. There is not another candidate in the field of wanna bees who comes even close.

I’m sick of those in power turning a blind eye to people barely scraping by on minimum and unequal wages and children in certain zip codes sentenced to poverty and subservient education. Hillary Clinton has long been a champion for those families and advocates paid family leave, childcare assistance and equality protections for all, regardless of sexual identity or preference.

She is smarter than the entire field of candidates put together in recognizing that astronomical student debt must be addressed. I want my daughter and her friends to succeed in their fields when they finish their college paths without years and years of college loans to pay back. I want girls and boys to be able to afford their dreams and someday, their own families, regardless of their ethnicity or where they were born. So does Hillary Clinton.

Economic injustice, racial inequalities, ugly attacks against immigrants and violence in our communities is real. I want Hillary Clinton as our next U. S. President to take charge with her vast experience, tenacity and lifelong commitment to these very issues. We have serious problems which require serious policy by a serious leader like herself who has been enormously respected around the world for years.

And ongoing threats of nuclear and national security?   Hillary Clinton has already been on the front lines of international threats as our Secretary of State. She’s been there. Protected us. Faced it. Done it.

But most of all, I want Hillary Clinton in the White House because after repeatedly being told most of her life what girls couldn’t do, like be an astronaut (like NASA told her) or become President of the United States, she “gets” it.

She gets the attitudes, discrimination and even the violence that many of us women experience because of our gender.   Even though she herself faces continual sexist attacks and media/Congressional interrogations based on no evidence, Hillary has consistently proven her entire life that she will fight with every breath to protect the rest of us from injustice, repression and the right to choose if and when we have children.

The media keeps stressing “like-ability”. Really? We’re not electing our next bestie friend but someone who knows how to run the country. I don’t care what her hair looks like or what she’s wearing or if she laughs too joyously. Neither should anyone else.

pablo.1Besides showing my granddaughters and other young girls that the world can be their oyster, the trickle down effect of gender equity will be amazing. By putting the smartest and most capable candidate in the White House who just happens to be a woman, Hillary Clinton’s presidency will foster women leaders in all areas of government, business and the military where they have long been absent. It will also catch us up to those other countries who are light years ahead of us with 22 currently elected female women leaders.

So, I enthusiastically endorse Hillary Clinton to be my next President. I will continue working with all my might to push those vital women voters to show up with me on Election Day 2016. If my efforts require a Wonder Woman attitude or Rosie the Riveter coveralls, I’m all in.

Please join me in destroying that cracked Oval Office glass ceiling for good and declare to women of all ages and the men who love them, that being the fiercest, most experienced and best resume “girl” officially rules.



  1. Join with me in supporting Women for Hillary HERE.

  bitmoji-201509051347152. Encourage your friends and family to do the same (I AM) —-it will take a village to get her elected.

  3. Forward this email to every woman you know with your reasons and repost on Facebook, Twitter.

  4. Create your own Women’s Rights bitmojoi by downloading the app BITMOIJI in the App Store like I did – it’s fun!

  5. Write an op-ed, blog post, letter to the editor and express YOUR thoughts if you support Hillary.

  6. Refer every woman you know to ProgressWoman – on Facebook & Twitter @progresswomenus. Repost, retweet & help make noise.  

You’ve heard this before – “it’s going to take a village”.  Tired of their nonsense?  You in?
In Solidarity,