Reproductive Justice

Women’s March to Stop the Abortion Ban 

Women’s Voices is proud to be a member of the #StoptheBans Coalition. Join us at the Rally to #StoptheBans
Sat., Oct. 2, 10 a.m.-noon
Luther Ely Smith Square, 20 N. Fourth Street, 63102
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Women’s Voices Responds to Texas Abortion Care Ban

September 5, 2021

Women’s Voices denounces the new anti-abortion care law just passed in Texas that effectively makes abortion care illegal in Texas and is likely to spill out across much of the rest of the country in a short time. The impact of this heinous abortion care ban cannot be overstated. It will overwhelmingly harm Black and Latinx people, people with low incomes, and people in rural areas, who already face immense barriers to health care access.  We at Women’s Voices urge you to join volunteers and activists around the country in the fight for reproductive freedom.  Urge Congress to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act to codify Roe V. Wade into law. Read the full statement here.

US Supreme Court Upholds Administration Rule Allowing Exemptions for Providing Birth Control

July 8, 2020

The opinion upheld a Trump administration rule that significantly cut back on the Affordable Care Act requirement that insurers provide free birth control coverage as part of almost all health care plans.

“We hold that the [Trump administration] had the authority to provide exemptions from the regulatory contraceptive requirements for employers with religious and conscientious objections,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the majority.

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Missouri Must Pay Planned Parenthood For Treating Medicaid Patients

June 30, 2020

The Missouri Department of Social Services must pay Planned Parenthood for providing care for Medicaid patients, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday….The Missouri Department of Social Services must pay Planned Parenthood for providing care for Medicaid patients, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

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US Supreme Court Strikes Down Restrictive Louisiana Abortion Rule

June 29, 2020

The Supreme Court stuck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion rights over fierce opposition from dissenting conservative justices in the first big abortion case of the Trump era….Chief Justice John Roberts joined with his four more liberal colleagues in ruling that the law requiring doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals violates the abortion right the court first announced in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.

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State Loses Bid to Shut Down Planned Parenthood – St. Louis

May 20, 2020

In a 97-page decision, Administrative Hearing Commissioner Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi said Planned Parenthood demonstrated that it meets the requirements for renewal of its abortion facility license in St. Louis.

“Planned Parenthood has demonstrated that it provides safe and legal abortion care. In over 4,000 abortions provided since 2018, the department has only identified two causes to deny its license,” Dandamudi wrote.

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Missouri Abortion-Rights Groups Drop Referendum, File Lawsuit To Prevent Future Delays

August 22, 2019

Opponents of Missouri’s eight-week abortion ban have dropped their efforts to gather the needed 100,000 signatures to place a referendum on the November 2020 ballot. They claim Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft did not give them enough time to do so by Wednesday, when the law will take effect.

The abortion-rights coalition No Bans On Choice and the ACLU of Missouri have instead turned their attention to making sure state officials cannot block future referendums. On Thursday, they filed a lawsuit against Ashcroft, a Republican, alleging that the laws that allowed him to delay releasing the referendum’s language violate the state’s constitution.

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Read the Women’s Voices statement on the passage of HB 126, “fetal heartbeat” bill.


$20 million to improve access to contraceptives for low-income women in Missouri

April 26, 2019

“The state’s largest philanthropic health foundation is funding a $20 million initiative over the next six years to improve access to contraceptive services at clinics that serve the poor and uninsured…The initiative will cover the cost of birth control options — including more effective and expensive long-acting options like intrauterine devices and hormonal implants — for uninsured patients.”

Michelle Trupiano, executive director of the Missouri Family Health Council says, “What we are trying to do is level the playing field when it comes to contraception.”

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Judges Block Effort to Permit More Companies to Deny Coverage for Contraception

January 13, 2019

“A federal judge in Pennsylvania has blocked the Trump administration from implementing a rule allowing employers to decline to offer contraceptive coverage on moral or religious grounds….In her ruling, Judge Beetlestone said states would be harmed by the Trump administration’s policy because women who lost contraceptive coverage would seek state-funded services.” Read more here