Action Alert

Raise alarm over anti-women legislation!

Take action against misogyny in Missouri

The Missouri Senate is considering an invidious bill that would allow religiously motivated employers and landlords to discriminate harshly against women who use birth control or have had abortions. Please take action NOW against this wildly chauvinistic piece of legislation!

Senate Bill 5 imposes several ridiculous, medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion providers under the false pretext of support for women’s health. The bill is a scheme to enhance the financial burden on clinics that provide abortions to women, forcing them to shut down and ultimately making it more difficult for women to safely terminate an unwanted pregnancy.

Additionally, the bill seeks to overturn a St. Louis anti-discrimination ordinance that protects women from being evicted and / or fired for using birth control, becoming pregnant while unmarried or aborting a pregnancy.

CONTACT

Please, if you are a citizen of Missouri contact your state representative and tell him or her to oppose SB 5. 

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(Keep reading for more information about this bill.)

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Introduced in the Missouri Senate on June 12, SB 5 was rushed through the two legislative chambers over the past couple of weeks. The state House exacerbated the original bill, adding in even harsher language before passing it. It is now back in the Senate chamber. If it makes it to the governor’s desk, it will almost certainly become law.

The bill shamelessly restricts health clinics from providing necessary medical intervention and adds penalties to existing regulations that include unscheduled inspections of women’s health clinics. Rejecting medical research, SB 5 sets up legislated targeted restrictions of abortion providers (TRAP laws) that do not support women’s health, as lawmakers deceitfully claim. Additionally, the bill limits regulations of “Crisis Pregnancy Centers,” which are anti-choice clinics that propagate fallacious information to pregnant women to divert them away from their choice to have an abortion. Moreover, the bill grants the attorney general’s office the power to prosecute abortion providers and seek out the newly contemplated penalties.

As if restricting women’s access to health care and reproductive rights weren’t enough, SB 5 puts Missouri women at risk of losing their jobs and homes. Part of the bill overturns a St. Louis ordinance passed in the spring in that bans employers and landlords from discriminating against people on the basis of their reproductive health decisions. In other words, SB 5 makes an explicit effort to say that a woman may be evicted and / or fired for using birth control, becoming pregnant while unmarried or aborting a pregnancy. The sensible St. Louis ordinance was derided by Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens — and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis — for its radical implication: that women should be permitted sexual and reproductive independence and privacy without risking financial security. Essentially all women who are sexually active and of a reproductive age have used some form of contraception. 

SB 5 seeks to govern the sexuality of women in the state by theology-based legislation that willfully ignores medical research. The bill’s underlying message is clear: anti-scientific theology and religious dogma come before — and may soon hold power over — a woman’s rights and autonomy.

read more

Missouri votes to let employers fire people who use birth control 

Missouri House committee passes amended version of Senate abortion bill 

Senate abortion measure may not be tough enough for Greitens 

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