Author: State Rep. Stacey Newman

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MO STATE REP. GATSCHENBERGER COMPARES ABORTION DECISIONS TO CARPET SHOPPING.

THIS HAPPENED IN MY COMMITTEE TUESDAY….OH, YES. MO Rep. Gatschenberger testified before the House Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities on his anti-abortion bill Tuesday, which was captured on video. In doing so, he sounded every bit as tone deaf about the psychological difficulties that women face when considering abortion as one might expect from an old man in power deciding what’s best for women. MSNBC Video – Politics Nation w/ Al Sharpton: Video MSNBC (online story): Missouri GOPer likens abortion to car sales: It requires time, info Pitch: Missouri House representative thinks getting an abortion is like kicking the tires...

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Can the GOP Change Its “War on Women” Image?

Pay attention to this Ladies. Looks like a smoke screen as GOP electeds CONTINUE to make absurd statements and push their anti-women agendas, especially in state legislatures.Missouri, for example, this year has introduced 32 (and counting) pieces of legislation that do nothing but harm women, especially low-income women who have limited choices of reproductive healthcare in the state already.  In the last month, my GOP colleagues  have debated on the floor with absurd statements like “it’s not too much to ask” or ” we want to make sure women know what they’re doing” when pushing for a 72 hour abortion...

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 11: Women hold up signs during a women's pro-choice rally on Capitol Hill, July 11, 2013 in Washington, DC. The rally was hosted by Planned Parenthood Federation of America to urge Congress against passing any legislation to limit access to safe and legal abortion.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

“Rape Insurance” Abortion Rider Goes Into Effect in Michigan

Starting last Thursday, Michigan women really  started feeling the affects of the “War on Women”. The state’s new law known as “rape insurance”—an additional insurance policy if she wants reimbursement for an abortion—went into effect. This new law drops coverage of most abortions from existing policies. Women who do not buy insurance through an employer-based insurance plan will not be able to purchase the additional coverage, called an abortion rider, from Michigan insurers. The medical journal Women’s Health Issues found that 36% of Michigan women lack health insurance, but 69% were paying out of pocket for abortion care. Not only are travel costs an...

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MS Representation Friday!

BROUGHT TO YOU BY OUR SISTERS AT WOMEN’S CAMPAIGN FUND – MARCH 5, 2014 WE LOVE MS REPRESENTATION SO MUCH – WE WANT YOU TO LOVE IT TOO! Daily FailFormer Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was recently profiled in the Daily Mail, but the article mostly dwelt on how her “kittenish ways” and “legendary blonde tresses” make her untrustworthy. She’s…too sexy for your trust. Too sexy for your trust. Ala-Shame-a Alabama lawmakers are attempting to advance several bills that wouldseverely restrict the time period in which a woman could obtain an abortion. It’s good to know that the big red X on their flag means...

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Hillary Clinton: Grow skin like a rhino!

IN CASE YOU MISSED THIS – Excellent advice from Hillary for women in the political arena!  I had to remember this just last week on the Missouri House floor.  The Speaker attacked me after my debate against his anti-women conscience bill saying my argument was “full of vitriol”.  I looked at my skin and was thrilled I had gotten under his! So, toughen up your skin (one way is to just stop moisturizing and see what it looks like) and get in the game. Don’t take their attacks as personal and stay poised after your argument.  I try to remember “what...

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Anti-Women in Missouri? You Betcha.

The Missouri state legislature has been in session for 17 days and you might think we were in the ugly dark days of “Mad Men”.  Remember when President Obama referenced that series in his State of the Union?  It’s not just a comical reference but oh so very very true. Let me clarify.  We have only 38 women (half GOP, half DEM) of 163 members in our State House and 5 women (all Dems) of 34 State Senators.  That’s 21.8% of our legislature, slightly below the 24% national average of state legislatures.  Many days it FEELS like we’re actually in...