Reproductive Rights

Women’s Voices supports a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her reproductive health.

MO to Cut Funds to Organizations Providing Abortions 

Providing abortions will put hospitals on the list of providers that may lose a portion of their Medicaid funding for women’s health services, due to a budget amendment passed last year by the Missouri legislature. Read more.

MO Legislature Considers Bills to Further Restrict Access to Abortion

January 18, 2017–Heartened by the November election, Missouri’s abortion opponents are considering a raft of bills – some old, some new – to expand the state’s restrictions on abortion-related matters and their enforcement.  Read more

Planned Parenthood Asks Judge to Block Two Abortion Laws

Planned Parenthood officials in Missouri want a federal judge to block abortion regulations so four additional clinics can offer the procedure. Read more.

Planned Parenthood filing Federal Law Suit Challenging MO Abortion Restrictions

Mary Kogut, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, said the restrictions “have created a situation where for 1.2 million women in Missouri who could be impacted with a pregnancy, where they might make a decision about an abortion, there is only one facility for them to go to.”    read more

Chasing Abortion Rights Across State Lines 

New York Times editorial looks at the threat to Roe v Wade being overturned and abortion policy returning to the states.  Read how a Missouri Supreme Court civil rights decision could impact state’s rights as it pertains to abortion.  

MO Legislature’s Action Threatens Funding for Women’s Health Care

Women’s health care advocates in Missouri are bracing for potentially severe reproductive care consequences as the state patches together plans to fund the Women’s Health Services Program.  Click here for Post-Dispatch editorial.

Women’s Health Protection Act

August 31, 2016

The Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), S 217/HR 448, would: invalidate regulations that single out abortion with medically unnecessary restrictions; those which intrude into a woman’s personal health care decisions; those which do not significantly advance women’s health or safety; and those which obstruct abortion access. This would ensure safe, legal abortion remains available no matter where a person lives, protecting every person’s right and ability to make their own faith-informed decisions about their body, health and future. To sign petition calling on Congress to pass the WHPA  click here.

HBO Film Focuses on Abortion Restrictions in MO

(CNN)Abortion: Stories Women Tell” is HBO’s latest advocacy-oriented documentary, chronicling the impact of Missouri abortion restrictions on those forced to cross the Illinois border to seek procedures. Spare and sober, it’s a solid look at how raw the issue remains, though given how entrenched opinions are, it’s unlikely to change many hearts or minds.

The film will air on HBO next year.  Click here for trailer.

 June 27 Supreme Court Rules on Abortion Case – protecting abortion access

Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice believes women must be respected as moral decision-makers, making choices based upon their own religious beliefs and traditions.  We are gratified by the Supreme Court decision allowing women to have access to abortion care.

From The New York Times:  The Supreme Court on Monday struck down parts of a restrictive Texas law that could have reduced the number of abortion clinics in the state to about 10 from what was once a high of roughly 40.

The 5-to-3 decision was the court’s most sweeping statement on abortion rights since Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992. It applied a skeptical and exacting version of that decision’s “undue burden” standard to find that the restrictions in Texas must fall.  read full article here

read “What’s Really at Stake in the Supreme Court’s Abortion Decision” here.

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You can also read here about Dr. Colleen McNicholas, who has admitting privileges only in St. Louis, which means if HB2 was upheld she would no longer be able to perform abortions anywhere outside St. Louis.   After the article was written, the Supreme Court struck down parts of the law that would have restricted the number of clinics in Texas.

Dr. McNicholas is seen here with her son at a celebration of the Supreme Court ruling which  will have implications for similar laws in Missouri and other states.

Women’s Voices Position: Reproductive Choice