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Advocates rally to demand legislators stop playing politics with women’s health, focus on expanding Medicaid

April 8, 2014

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PlannedParenthoodJefferson City – Today, hundreds of concerned Missourians joined Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri, the National Council of Jewish Women – St. Louis Section, American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, and Progress Missouri at the “Rally for Women’s Lives” at the Missouri Capitol. Participants called on legislators to stop playing politics with women’s health, and instead focus on increasing access to health care through Medicaid expansion.

Over 30 bills have been filed this session that seek to restrict access to women’s health care, including burdensome legislation that will triple the mandatory waiting period for abortion.

“At 16 weeks we found out the baby I was carrying had Trisomy 18, a chromosomal defect that is incompatible with life. It was after much soul searching and with a heavy heart that after talking with my husband, family, rabbi and doctor that I decided to have an abortion. I thought long and hard about that decision, but once it was made my will never faltered. An additional 72 hour wait, extra ultrasounds, mandatory videos would not have changed my mind, they would have just caused me more pain than I was already going through,” said Liz Read-Katz of Mid-Missouri. “The decision to have an abortion is a decision that is best left to a woman, her family, her faith and her doctor, not a group of politicians.”

Missourians are tired of legislators playing politics with women’s health while not taking action on important legislation like Medicaid expansion.

Women dressed in clothes from the 1940s, 50s, & 60’s (before birth control and abortion were legal in the U.S.) packed the hearing room of the House Children and and Families Committee to protest the over 30 bills attacking women’s access to birth control and abortion. One carried a sign that said, “Hey, Missouri Legislature: The 1950s called and they want their views on women back.”

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