Planned Parenthood voter tour to make Columbia stop Thursday

Thursday, August 23, 2012 | 1:21 p.m. CDT; updated 2:42 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 24, 2012

COLUMBIA – The Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s bus tour will stop in Columbia on Thursday evening to educate voters on the importance of women’s health in the November election.

The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. in state Rep. Mary Still’s campaign office at 200 S. Old 63, just south of Broadway. 

Michelle Trupiano, public affairs manager for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, said the event is part of a national bus tour that's making stops in 11 states.

She expects between 75 and 100 people at the Columbia stop. She said interest has increased after the controversy surrounding remarks about rape made by Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Claire McCaskill.

"Todd Akin's comments Sunday really highlight why we need to be spreading the word about women's health matters," Trupiano said.

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