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As chair of the “Sanctity of Life” Committee, State Sen. Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) has led a nearly year-long effort to erase his moderate past and win a GOP primary.
Schaefer’s grandstanding and intimidation tactics put enough pressure on the University of Missouri to revoke the “refer and follow” privileges of a doctor providing abortion services at a Planned Parenthood Columbia clinic -- effectively ending abortion services in Mid-Missouri.
And he hasn’t been shy about it.
State Sen. Kurt Schaefer twice took credit for shutting down abortions at Columbia’s Planned Parenthood clinic during a debate with attorney general rival Josh Hawley broadcast on a Columbia radio station. -Columbia Tribune
Although at times, he has played the victim too.
“When you close an abortion clinic, like I did, the long knives come out,” Schaefer said.
Well, earlier this week the United States Supreme Court had something to say about actions like Schaefer’s that aim to shut down abortion services.
“We conclude,” Justice Stephen G. Breyer wrote for the majority, “that neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes. Each places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a previability abortion, each constitutes an undue burden on abortion access, and each violates the federal Constitution.” - NY Times
"For anyone who has followed the events of Missouri’s year-long abortion scandal which stemmed from the Planned Parenthood video controversy, the two requirements specified in the Whole Women’s Health case were central to the Senate investigation led by Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, that led to the temporary end of abortion access of the Planned Parenthood facility in Columbia." - MO Times
Schaefer tried to play Chief Justice of his Kangaroo Court, but five actual Supreme Court Justices gave him a lesson on the constitution and women’s rights.
Monday’s ruling has changed the game, but because politicians like Kurt Schaefer want to continue playing games with women’s health, we still have to fight. Join us in that fight here.