UP TO DAY SIX – GOV’S SPECIAL SESSION ON ABORTION

I’m not kidding.

$20,000 per day of your taxpayer dollars in order to a) repeal the St. Louis City reproductive anti-discrimination ordinance (how on earth does that affect any other community?) and b) pass more unconstitutional restrictions on abortion providers.

Rep. Barnes (R-Jefferson City) said in the House hearing last Wednesday that his bill, HB6 – “is the legislative response to the U.S. District Court’s decision” (injunction against Missouri’s current Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers).

Does that make any sense?  A federal judge strikes down our current unconstitutional restrictions so the Governor & the GOP demand we pass more?

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LOVE HOW LAWS ARE MADE (YES, LIKE SAUSAGE OR EVEN WORSE)?  DIG IN…

Tuesday June 14th: The Senate heard 3 GOP bills sponsored by Senators Bob Onder (St. Charles), Bob Dixon (Springfield) and Koenig (St. Louis County in a nonstop hearing lasting over 5 hours with numerous witnesses testifying against – including Drs Colleen McNicholas and Caitlin Parks, NARAL Prochoice Missouri, ACLU of Missouri, Planned Parenthood and Robin Utz who told her painful pregnancy loss story.

Wednesday, June 15th: The House Children & Families Committee heard 4 GOP bills – HB3 (Swan -Cape Girardeau), HB6 (Barnes – Jefferson City), HB7 (Franklin – Camdenton) and HB9 (Kelly -Mountain Grove) in a SEVEN hour hearing with no breaks.  HB’s 7 and 9 were voted out during a quick Executive Session and sent to a oversight Rules Committee.

Meanwhile the Senate delayed their session Wednesday from 9am until midnight when they passed SB5 (Koenig – R, St. Louis County) with no debate by a vote of 20-6. Good news – the emergency clause of the bill  (which would make the bill take effect immediately upon signing rather than 90 days later) failed to receive a two-thirds required majority vote. The Special Session had been called for Sen. Onder’s legislation but after hours of negotiation all day Wednesday, by complete surprise his bill died!

Monday , June 19th: The House Children & Families Committee is noticed up to meet at 11am in Hearing Room 3 to hear SB5. They are also scheduled to vote out HB3 and HB6 which are expected to be amended. The oversight Rules Committee is noticed up to meet at 2pm in Hearing Room 7 or 30 minutes upon adjournment of Children & Families Committee

Tuesday, June 20th: The House is expected to meet at 10am for full debate on SB5 and any House bills referred from the Rules Committee.  If no amendments are added to SB5 – it will go directly to the Governor.  If the bill is amended, it will need to go back to the Senate for additional votes.

Thursday, June 22nd:  The Senate is noticed to convene at 9am for potential debate.

Please check www.House.mo.gov and www.Senate.mo.gov daily for updated notices.

Anticipated: NINE Days of the 2nd Extraordinary Session at an estimated cost of $160K.  Just peachy, right?

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FAITH LEADERS FIGHT BACK

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the St. Louis Jewish Light published several days ago what I think of our Reform Jewish Governor’s stance on women & reproductive rights: ‘Greitens uses religion, women as political tools”.

Today a powerful group of St. Louis faith leaders released a powerful video, #WhatisProLife Missouri  – in response to the Governor’s political ploy of using religion and women: WATCH IT HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(L to R) Reverend Dr. Deborah Krause of Eden Theological Seminary, Rabbi Andrea Goldstein of Congregation Shaare Emeth, Reverend Karen Anderson of Ward Chapel AME Church, Rabbi Susan Talve of Central Reform Congregation and Reverend Traci Blackmon of Christ the King United Church of Christ

Share it widely.  Make your own.

Tell Governor Greitens (Twitter @EricGreitens) and everyone else exactly WHAT YOU THINK.

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WOMEN & LOVERS OF WOMEN STORMED THE CAPITOL WEDNESDAY: “PEOPLE’S SPECIAL SESSION” & HEARING

Supporters packed the Capitol Rotunda for the “People’s Special Session” and at the same time packed the SEVEN HOUR non-stop House Hearing room.

A fabulous group of witnesses testified against the FOUR House bills which are clearly punitive towards women: St. Louis City Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia – co-sponsor of the city anti-discrimination ordinance; Burt Newman, JD – constitutional attorney (yes, my husband); Anna Shabsin, JD – Wash U Brown School professor; Linda Raclin, JD – Wash U Brown School professor; Dr. Marta Perez – Wash U Medical OB-GYN resident; Rabbi Jonah Zinn – Congregation Shaare Emeth ; Kirstin Palovick – NARAL Prochoice Missouri; Ellen and her daughter Melissa Alper – National Council of Jewish Women, St. Louis; Allie Rubin – Wash U Medical student; Ian Mackey, JD – St. Louis; and Sally Hunt – St. Louis.

Excellent note taking from witness Linda Raclin:

Meanwhile, upstairs in the Capitol Rotunda, hundreds held their own “People’s Special Session”.  Read all about the speakers & sponsors HERE: Greitens Called a Special Session. So Missourians Did Too.

Afterwards they met outside the Governor’s Door on the 2nd floor to do some more “Woman-Splaining”.

WHAT WE NEED YOU TO DO RIGHT NOW

1) ASKS from Planned Parenthood:

Please call 1-573-880-4600 which will connect you to either a State senator who voted wrong on SB5 or the governor if your State Senator is opposed to SB5.

This effort targets the senate as we are concerned about House efforts to add in some of the restrictions that you helped negotiate out.  Letters to the editor all around the state would be super helpful. You can also take online action HERE via www.ppmissouri.org.

2) SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!

PLEASE STAY TUNED —I WILL UPDATE AS OFTEN AS I CAN.

GET YOUR UTERUS GEAR TOGETHER & HELP US PROTECT MISSOURI’S REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS IN DANGER.

DAY ONE – MISSOURI’S SPECIAL SESSION ON ABORTION

We’ve begun and boy, do we need you!  

As we filed Democrat bills and waited for the Senate bills to be introduced, the crazy has begun.

Costing you $20,000 a day (no joke), Gov. Greitens has unleashed a thunderous roar on reproductive rights in Missouri.  This 2nd special session is expected to last until Tuesday, June 20th – the last full day of debate.

His official call includes:  Repealing the St. Louis City reproductive anti-discrimination ordinance, giving fake pregnancy centers MORE protections along with the $10,000,000 we gave them in tax credits, state & federal funds and passing MORE unconstitutional regulations for abortion providers and clinics (remember that landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling last summer?).

SO THIS HAPPENED TODAY…. 

Before we even had a hearing in either the House or Senate.  Reminder, Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ashland) sits on my House Children & Families Committee which has their 1st hearing on abortion bills on Wednesday, January 14th at 10am in Hearing Room 3 in the Capital.  He is the same legislator who wants to make fetal cells “people” and referred to sperm last session as “tadpoles”.

YOU ARE ASKING WHAT CAN YOU DO —-BOY, DO WE NEED YOU NOW:

1) Come early at 10am Wednesday to help fill the House Hearing Room (HR3 in the Capitol Basement) –Children & Families Committee Hearing.  With only 3 Democrats on the committee fighting as hard as we can, we desperately need your support.

2) Sign up for the People’s Special Session – RSVP HERE to save your seat in one of the bus/carpools from St. Louis, Springfield, Kansas City, Columbia

3) Keep calling Governor Greitens and give him a piece of your mind – 573.751.3222

PLEASE STAY TUNED —I’LL UPDATE YOU AS OFTEN AS I CAN.

GET YOUR UTERUS GEAR TOGETHER – HELP US PROTECT MISSOURI’S REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS WHICH ARE IN DANGER.

Summertime and Uteruses (Uteri?)

It’s summertime (yes, unofficially) but you’d think they would leave women and their body parts alone, at least for a while.

My gold Uterus, courtesy of Lady Parts Justice League

Don’t we all have better things to do? Plan a getaway out of town, hang at the pool, enjoy kids/grandkids being out of school, binge watch something on TV…

The Governor?  He really needs to relax a little.  That last special session cost us about $66,000 and we’re still going, “huh”?

Now he’s being lobbied by Senator Dr. Bob Onder who is upset his omnibus abortion bill didn’t pass out of the Senate last month.  He wants the Governor to call ANOTHER special session this summer  – at your expense – just to pass his bill.  Just to make it tough on women and their docs.  We are not joking.

Doesn’t “Take a Chill Pill” seem the best prescription for them both?

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JOIN ME AS THE “VAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR” COMES TO ST. LOUIS!

Pals with “Eunice the Uterus” — Dr. Colleen McNicholas, myself and Lizz Winstead (co-founder of the Daily Show)

My friend Lizz Winstead and her comedy pals with Lady Parts Justice League are spending their summer on a 8 week/16 city tour highlighting extreme anti-women legislation while supporting local clinics and abortion providers.  So far they’ve been to Atlanta, GA, Jackson, MS and Birmingham, AL – doing good deeds with local caregivers along the way – SEE HUFFINGTON POST HERE.

Hurrah for us! They are coming to St. Louis, Thursday night – June 29th to the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill in the Loop, 6504 Delmar.

Tickets:  $15 in advance /$20day of show, general admission (no assigned seating).  Doors open at  7PM – Show begins at 7:30PM

All Ages / $2 Minor Surcharge at Door

Lady Parts Justice League is a coven of hilarious and witty feminist comedians and writers who use humor and pop culture to expose the haters fighting against reproductive rights. They believe if there is not laughter, dancing and sexy time in your revolution, you need to fix that. Hosted by LPJL co-founder and The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead, Lady Parts Justice League’s comedy show features a diversity of voices that not only spread the good word on repro rights, but also fight against sexism, racism and homophobia. The live show brings audiences together with clinic workers and advocates to grow local community support.

Join Dr. Colleen, “Eunice the Uterus” and myself —we can’t wait for the “COVEN” to get to our forsaken state under Uterus Seige!  

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE RIGHT NOW BEFORE THEY’RE SOLD OUT.

STILL NEED CONVINCING YOU NEED TO BE AT THE VAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR?

Read this from MTV – HOW THE VAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR IS SUPPORTING REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE THROUGH COMEDY

AND AFTER BUYING YOUR TICKET…let your friends in other cities know that the Vagical Mystery Tour is coming to them soon.  

MISSOURI VOTER ID LAW (VOTER SUPPRESSION) IN EFFECT TODAY – JUNE 1

Dred Scott Memorial Statute at the Old Court House in St. Louis

We knew it was coming and so did Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, who campaigned for it heavily last year.

He has had over 5 months to tell us how it will work in the upcoming elections and educate voters throughout the state, as mandated in the law.  But the MO GOP majority failed to adequately fund Voter ID in the budget they passed last month but does that surprise you?  After full court pressure from the statewide Missouri Voter Protection Coalition – they decided YESTERDAY perhaps they should start letting you in on their plans.

Do YOU know how it’s supposed to work?  Do YOU know if you can still legally vote in Missouri?

Yesterday the non-partisan Missouri Voter Protection Coalition held several media events throughout the state with (excellent media coverage) exposing these same questions.  SEE VIDEOS OF KANSAS CITY, ST. LOUIS AND MID-MISSOURI EVENTS.

THE MISSOURI VOTER PROTECTION COALITION PRESS STATEMENT which includes PROGRESSWOMEN: In Events Across State, Missouri Voter Protection Coalition Denounces Ashcroft’s Attack on Right to Vote, Mismanagement of Photo ID Law

The Secretary of State’s office had staff filming at each media event – and says WE are the ones confusing voters & spreading misinformation.  AGREE?

The Kansas City Star Editorial this morning said it best:

“We dare you: Go out and ask 10 Missourians of voting age if they know about the state’s new voter ID law. Here’s betting that seven of them will give you a blank stare.  In Missouri, if you don’t have an ID with you, you can still vote. But legal documents would have to be signed “under penalty of perjury” and, possibly, your photograph would be taken.

In other words, there are things to know about this new law. That’s exactly why this editorial board and dozens of groups around the state, including some who protested in downtown Kansas City Wednesday, opposed voter ID. Voting is a right. Election officials should find ways to make it easier, not tougher. This new law mucks up the works and injects confusion into the electorate. That could discourage voters from showing up on election days.”
St. Louis Public Radio: “A day before Missouri’s new voter ID law takes effect, a coalition of civil rights groups and Democratic politicians warned Wednesday that the law could disenfranchise minority voters and older people. Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, whose office oversees elections, scoffed at the concerns, arguing that “if you’re a registered voter, you’ll be able to vote.”
The St. Louis American:  “Denise Lieberman, coordinator of the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition, said that the organization’s primary request was that Ashcroft “take further steps to ensure that no valid voter is denied their right to cast a ballot, and issue definitive guidance that will help local authorities train poll workers, and embark on a robust public education effort. The ID law, Lieberman said, is not only costly, but also “a descendant of Dred Scott and our nation’s legacy of exclusion.”

WHAT IS TRUE ACCORDING TO VOTER ID LAW:

  • In order to cast a vote in person, you must show a government-issued non-expired Photo ID (drivers license, non-drivers license, U.S. passport or military ID).
  • If you don’t have one, you must sign an affidavit, under penalty of perjury & have a possible photograph taken to receive a ballot. JUST A TAD SCARY, RIGHT?  THE SOS STAFF TOLD US YESTERDAY EVERYONE CAN STILL VOTE.  REALLY???  EACH ELECTION WITHOUT A VOTER ID?  REALLY???
  • The state is required to pay for all documents needed to obtain a state-issued Photo ID AND educate every single voter on the new rules.

WHAT THE MISSOURI SECRETARY STATE IS NOT TELLING YOU:

  • They have NO mechanism set up to pay for the documents required OR how you can vote if your birth certificate doesn’t even exist or is unaccurate.
  • They have NOT fully funded (BY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS) the law’s mandate that the SOS must educate YOU – the voter – how this works.
  • They have NOT trained poll workers or even every country clerks or election boards how VOTER ID is supposed to work.
  • This is PART of a uniform strategy by the GOP around the country to make it harder for certain people to vote —elderly, disabled, transgender community, low income non-driving voters, women, out of state college students —-particularly, targeted minorities who tend to vote Democratic.
  • The GOP majority in the state legislature can change the Voter ID law whenever they want – yes, siree, anytime.
  • Confused if you can still vote?  Then you’re most likely NOT even going to show up.

CONFUSING?  COSTLY?  CUTS PEOPLE OUT FROM VOTING?  

There is absolutely no reason to change the rules of voting except that they can.  Several weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear North Carolina’s Voter ID case – letting a lower court ruling stand that North Carolina intentionally targeted African-American voters & their Voter ID law was unconstitutional.  There has been NO voter impersonation fraud – no dead people voting – not one case in Missouri which they insist VOTER ID prevents.  But about 200,000 current registered voters who have been voting JUST FINE SO FAR, do not have or need and may not be able to get – a government-issued VOTER ID.

VOTING should be easier, not coming up with NEW sets of rules that many people cannot follow – through no fault of their own.

GET READY FOR UPCOMING 2017 SPECIAL ELECTIONS

  • Tuesday, July 11 – St. Louis City Special Election to fill Mayor Lyda Krewson’s former Alderman seat
  • Tuesday, August 8 – Columbia Area to fill open State Representative Seat #50
  • Tuesday, August 8 – Sedalia Area (Mid-Missouri) to fill open State Senate Seat #28

MID-MISSOURI: On the steps of the Saline County Courthouse in Marshall, Missouri with Clyde Williams (left), president of the Mar-Saline branch of the NAACP.

ST LOUIS: (top) Daniel Gould with Missouri Faith Voices on the steps of the Old Court House downtown and (bottom) State Representatives Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) and Joe Adams (D-University City), members of House Elections Committee- all denouncing the new VOTER ID law.

GOP MEANIES – AND YOU’RE STILL NOT “POLITICAL”?

This past Thursday while speaking at the joint Brady/ARS Summit in Washington D.C. and working alongside my friends to reduce gun violence, I received a disturbing text.

The U.S. House had just passed a repeal to Obamacare by a vote of 217-213, effectively devastating our individual access to healthcare. Afterwards they celebrated with Bud Lights (thanks St. Louis In-Bev) and a reception in the White House Rose Garden.

I had an immediate horrible ugly feeling because I, as did my friends, realized that Americans will die because of this new GOP plan.

The American Health Care Act with at least 50 pre-existing conditions including pregnancy and rape, which may not have coverage, reeks of meanness. Now we must depend on “thoughts and prayers” the U.S. Senate will prevent the ACHA from becoming law.

The next time someone says to me they are “not political”, I am going to simply lose it.

By not paying attention to who is on your ballot or even not bothering to vote (an estimated 90 million eligible voters did just that in November), you essentially made it much more difficult for your loved ones to stay alive.

By not knowing who represents you in Congress or in your state legislature, you just handed over all of your family medical decisions to those who care only about funding tax credits to the wealthy.  If you’re a drug or insurance company who will receive huge tax breaks, oh gee, thanks.  You also just made sure my family will suffer or go bankrupt trying to afford to stay alive.

By you telling me that you don’t want to talk “politics”, pay attention to the news or “we have different views”, you are complicit.  You are an accomplice to the entire GOP which has such disgust for our previous President, they are heartless enough to destroy the security of healthcare which Obamacare provides to millions.

Don’t get me started on what women will lose – the 51% of us.  In case you were too busy to notice, reproductive healthcare, fertility treatments and even access to birth control, have been threatened by the GOP for years.  We had over 40 dangerous anti-reproductive care bills this session alone in Missouri (we count).  Those with money in the bank will always be able to find a doctor in some progressive state to treat what you might need but your daughter and granddaughters may not.  Your D & C for a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy may not be covered under the ACHA and may not even be legal in my state by the time we’re done with session next week.  Your inability to care and those of you who voted for a sexually abusive President makes you responsible.

I am not an alarmist.  My state has solidly refused the past seven years to expand Medicaid to allow over 300,000 low and middle income Missourians, including children, seniors and those with disabilities, access to healthcare access.  My GOP-controlled state legislature has consistently turned away federal dollars with no remorse. Frankly, I just don’t get my colleagues (who remind us daily of their Christian faith) continual “war on the poor”.

The first thing I did upon hearing the news was to check my Missouri congressional delegation votes – all six of our GOP Congressmen/women voted in favor of the ACHA.  And to demonstrate further ugliness, Congresswoman Ann Wagner of suburban St. Louis,went on air to yell “freedom!”, delighting in her vote to take away healthcare access.  I can’t get “Queen of Mean” out of my head.  Who does this and then celebrates with your caucus afterwards with cases of beer in glee?

Many of my constituents think I work in Washington and am in Congress, even though I’ve communicated with them frequently the past 8 years as their state representative in Jefferson City. However, I know the majority of my constituents agree that funding tax credits for the wealthy is utter nonsense – that being mean just because you can to those, particularly children who need assistance of any kind, is downright immoral.

And yet, I talk with acquaintances or family members who want to sidestep the political debate and stay non-committal. They blame incessant TV presidential campaign coverage or their personal work load or a number of excuses why they remain “non-political”. They can’t be bothered to vote in local elections when many GOP extremists are elected to public office and start climbing the ladder. They remain silent as the huge national outcry against our current administration grows.  They can’t be bothered because they are doing just fine.

I have news for all of you sticking your head in the sand.

You have helped hurt people by your disregard of the political system but more importantly, you hurt my family.  Your own healthcare is not a permanent given and you have put my husband, kids and grandkids – our medical care in grave danger.

And if you didn’t know…all kinds of people STILL have unlimited access to firearms but not healthcare.

Feel better?

 

How Many have to be Shot before Democrats Stand Up to the Gun Lobby?

The St. Louis Post Dispatch headline above the fold today is glaring as the legislature prepares to debate HB630 next week (guns in churches, day care centers, hospitals, polling places, etc).

They say that nothing will change until everyone is affected. So exactly how many have to be shot???

Missouri was #1 in toddler shootings & little kids keep unintentionally shooting others or themselves but my party remains silent.

Democrats in the legislature voted for “Stand Your Ground” in 2016 and numerous gun bills before that. Missouri Democrats voted for legalizing assault weapons in our state, including some you know.

The Missouri GOP? Each one of them has already been bought by the gun lobby.

Domestic violence shootings, usually killing of an entire family, are up. Suicides by gun are rising, particularly of veterans. Gun violence is not just in “bad neighborhoods” but is in every single Missouri zip code. Most shootings however fail to make front page headlines.

Missouri no longer requires licenses to buy guns or permits to carry concealed guns & doesn’t require background checks on gun purchases. You can buy as many guns and ammunition you want online, no questions asked.

Our doctors are tasked with saving those who don’t go directly to the morgue & our surgeons suffer PTSD because of the gun trauma they have to treat over and over and over and over.

I’m sad, mad & can’t handle one more “thoughts and prayers”.

You want to keep your family alive? INSIST every elected official fight back instead of trying to rationalize supporting gun lobby profit. INSIST every candidate campaign on gun violence prevention. INSIST Democrats (and even Republicans) start caring about people instead of cowering.

You voters are in charge of this.

Missouri “Vagina Bills” on the Move —Not April Fools!

“VAGINA WEEK” IN THE MISSOURI LEGISLATURE.  WE ARE NOT JOKING.

It may be April Fools Day but seriously —but interfering with women’s reproductive rights is not funny.

We need your help to stop this year’s ugly mess of “vagina bills”.  But first, a bit of inspiration…

MISSOURI WOMEN TELL THEIR ABORTION STORIES

   

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE.

Monday, April 3rd is the HBO documentary premiere of “Abortion: Stories Women Tell”, by director Tracy Droz Tragos, a Missouri native.  If you have not yet seen this powerful film (during select screenings last summer), then get ready.

Featuring our very own Dr. Erin King Eisenberg, executive director of Hope Clinic of Granite City, IL  along with intimate real life stories told by very courageous Missouri women.  I HIGHLY recommend you don’t miss this.

I was fortunate to spend some time with Tracy Droz Tragos during her many hours filming in Missouri and during a screening last summer at Netroots Nation in St. Louis  (above l-r, Tracy Droz Tragos, Dr. Erin Eisenberg and me).

See Jezebel’s Conversation with Abortion: Stories Women Tell Director Tracy Droz Tragos on Judgment and Choice  – HERE.

Or Glamour Magazine’s feature this week HERE or the feature in Teen Vogue HERE. 

MORE MISSOURI WOMEN are speaking out —stories which will break your heart but sadly sometimes happen in the real world.  I’m proud of our dedicated advocates, physicians and women who are like you & me, including Robin Utz of St. Louis, whose personal pregnancy story was part of Senate hearings in opposition of the Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.  READ IT HERE.

MISSOURI GOP BELIEVES THEY ARE OB–GYNS…or JUST “GYNO-TICIANS”?

My knitted uterus along with my manual of vagina bills and medical information – in preparation for floor debate.  Little did I expect I’d have to know EVERYTHING about the gestational age of a fetus, when fertilization occurs in a pregnancy, the difference between a zygote and a fetus —-to be a Missouri legislator.  Thank goodness for Web Doc on Google – saved me a bundle of money instead of attending medical school.

MISSOURI VAGINA BILLS ON THE MOVE:

HB174 – Protections for Fake Pregnancy Resource Centers & Attacking St. Louis Anti-Discrimination Ordinancesponsored by Rep. Tila Hubrecht (R-Dexter).  PASSED THE HOUSE March 30th by a vote of 118-36 (with an emergency clause even).  Bill now moves to the Senate.  FACT SHEET HERE. Similar bill in Senate (SB41, sponsored by Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) – ON THE SENATE FLOOR CALENDAR for debate any day now.

HB194 – Omnibus Abortion Bill Based on Phony Anti-Parenthood Video, sponsored by Rep. Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton).  More unconstitutional TRAP (Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers), Fetal Tissue Ban & other unnecessary  ON THE HOUSE FLOOR CALENDAR for debate any day now. FACT SHEET HERE.  Similar bill in Senate (SB67, sponsored by Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake St. Louis) – ON THE SENATE FLOOR CALENDAR for debate any day now.

HB908 – “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Cape Girardeau).  This bill wants to move pregnancy determination dates REGARDLESS OF HOW REAL DOCTORS ARE TRAINED.  No joke. ON THE HOUSE FLOOR CALENDAR for debate any day now.  FACT SHEET HERE.

HB326 – Two Parent Notification for a Minor to Obtain an Abortionsponsored by Rep. Rocky Miller (R -Lake Ozark).  NO exemptions for rape or incest – this bill would put minors in grave danger if they were forced to notify both custodial parents – no credible medical organization is in support.  ON THE HOUSE FLOOR CALENDAR for debate any day now. FACT SHEET HERE.  Similar bill in Senate (SB375, sponsored by Sen. Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg – READY FOR THE SENATE FLOOR CALENDAR any day now.

HB182 – Tranporting Minors Across State Lines to Obtain an Abortionsponsored by Rep. Tom Hurst (R-Meta).  VERY unconstitutional.  ON THE HOUSE FLOOR CALENDAR for debate any day now.  FACT SHEET HERE.

HJR18 – Proposing a Constitutional Amendment regarding the Right of Life, sponsored by Rep. Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove).  We call it “Zygotes are People” which would outlaw most forms of birth control and infertility treatments.  READY TO BE PUT ON HOUSE FLOOR CALENDAR any day now. FACT SHEET HERE.

SB96 – Abortion Ban in cases of Down Syndrome or for gender selection, sponsored by Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville). ON THE SENATE FLOOR CALENDAR for debate any day now. FACT SHEET HERE. 

There are MORE 2017 bills filed – see the whole list and fact sheets HERE.

WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT VAGINA BILLS RIGHT NOW:

1.  Call your state representative and state senator and tell them exactly what you think.  DO NOT BE SHY. DEMAND DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATORS FIGHT THESE HORRENDOUS BILLS.  DEMAND THEY GET OUT OF THEIR SEATS AND DEBATE.  LOOK UP YOURS HERE IF YOU’RE NOT SURE.

2.  Attend a Reproductive Rights Lobby/Rally day in Jefferson City and MAKE SOME NOISE:

    Tuesday, April 4th – MISSOURI WOMEN’S NETWORK EQUITY ACTION DAY – RSVP HERE.

    Wednesday, April 26th – MORAL MISSOURI LOBBY DAY – RSVP HERE.

    Thursday, May 4th – FREEDOM OF CHOICE COUNCIL LOBBY DAY – RSVP HERE. 

3.  Inform YOUR Reproductive Rights friends —those who care about government staying out of doctor offices.  USE YOUR NETWORK.

4.  REMEMBER to insist every candidate who knocks on your door or who wants your vote soon —you demand a fighter for Reproductive Rights.