A new 50-state report from NARAL Pro-Choice America finds that reproductive health-care access is severely restricted in Missouri, raising serious concerns for the future of reproductive freedom under a Trump presidency. In Who Decides? The Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States, NARAL analyzes laws related to reproductive freedom passed in the Missouri and shows the choice composition of Missouri’s house, senate, and governor. In the last year, no state was able to achieve a rating of “total access” to reproductive health care, and access is rated as “severely restricted” in 26 states.
“This report paints a grim picture of the current status of reproductive freedom in Missouri and for families across the country. If Donald Trump succeeds in appointing a Supreme Court justices who overturns Roe v. Wade, our data shows that women will be even worse off,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “Seven in 10 Americans believe abortion should be legal and accessible, and rejectthe anti-choice policies pushed by Donald Trump and most Republicans in Missouri. Our mission now is to fight for the America we and a majority of Missourians believe in by organizing and mobilizing and our one million member-activists against the extreme agenda being pushed by anti-choice politicians.”
“Missouri is the third most restrictive state for abortion access in the country, with one remaining clinic. Missouri politicians have been obsessed about outlawing abortion in our state, instead of feeding hungry children, or sending our kids to school in buses,” said Alison Dreith, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri. “The General Assembly and our new Governor should focus on passing a meaningful paid leave policy that would lift women and families into economic security in pregnancy, which would serve our state both economically and in business attraction.”
With some of the worst restrictions on abortion access in the country, Missouri has a long way to go to ensure residents have adequate access to basic reproductive health services.
In 2016, 26 states enacted 56 anti-choice measures, bringing the total number of anti-choice measures enacted since 1995 up to 932. The most prominent trends in anti-choice legislation continue to be abortion bans, restrictions on biomedical research, counseling and referral bans, laws barring abortion providers from participating in public health-care programs, and laws targeting the regulation of abortion providers (“TRAP” laws).
You can read the full report here: http://bit.ly/2jteQRr