For Immediate Release
March 11, 2022
EMILYs List Statement on Missouri’s Latest Attacks on Reproductive Freedom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Missouri legislators introduced an anti-abortion bill last week attempting to make it illegal for pregnant people to abort ectopic pregnancies. This bill was followed by a new amendment proposed this week seeking to block Missourians from traveling out of state for abortion care. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“Missouri’s latest legislative attacks on our reproductive freedom are blatantly unconstitutional and will have real life consequences for people across the nation if implemented. These efforts are part of a larger trend from Republican politicians to chip away at abortion access state by state and law by law, with the ultimate goal of policing our bodies and our choices.
“Missourians should be able to control their bodies, lives, and futures without the interference of anti-abortion lawmakers. With so much at stake, it’s urgent that Democratic pro-choice women are represented at every level of government to ensure our zip code doesn’t determine our access to necessary health care.”
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