In the early hours of Tuesday morning, following a filibuster led by Sen. Scott Sifton (D-St. Louis) that had stalled the legislature for only a few hours, the Missouri Senate passed a bill to extend the waiting period for a woman seeking an abortion from 24 to 72 hours.
There’s only one remaining abortion clinic in Missouri—a Planned Parenthood facility in St. Louis—and anti-choice lawmakers are hell-bent on closing it, introducing nearly 40 anti-choice bills over the past two years.
On this episode of Reality Cast, I talk to Kellie Copeland of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio about clinic closures in her state. Also, I discuss how a Missiouri lawmaker condescends to women to justify abortion restrictions, and HBO sitcom Veep doesn’t hold back when doing an episode about abortion.
Reproductive rights advocates in Texas have filed another challenge to abortion restrictions in the state, while federal courts in Arizona and Alabama consider similar challenges.
No state has seen as many anti-choice bills introduced this year as Missouri, where Republican lawmakers are simultaneously resisting an expansion of Medicaid that could improve health outcomes for hundreds of thousands of residents.
Among the suggested messaging strategies on how Republican male candidates should engage female voters are: Speak more humanely about abortion and don’t opine on the female body’s abilities if you’re not a doctor.
Reproductive rights advocates around the country are calling for additional safety measures, such as buffer zone laws, to protect staff and patients at reproductive health-care clinics.
On this episode of Reality Cast, Jessica Arons of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project discusses generic emergency contraception access. In another segment, I discuss how CPAC was, yet again, a wonder of misogyny and sex-phobia, and the pressure intensifies on the state level to end legal access to abortion.
In St. Louis, we’ve always said, “Don’t like the weather? Wait a minute. It’ll change.” Well, the weather is not changing in our floodwater-friendly capitol, where a torrent of anti-choice bills is raining down on our heads. It is simply foul.
Women don’t need to be avenged by “white knights.” We need the knowledge and the legal resources to vindicate our rights ourselves.