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Today's the 42nd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Today is the 42nd anniversary of the landmark Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision. Yet certain politicians cannot stop attempting to restrict women’s access to health care.

On the national stage, Congressional GOP leaders withdrew a proposed 20 week ban on abortion based on objections from GOP women. Unfortunately, another bill restricting access to reproductive health care sprung up in its place. Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-New York) remarked, "Can't pass this one? Grab another. Can't pass that one? Grab the next one. Their insistence on attacking women's health seemingly knows no bounds."

The same could be said of the Missouri Legislature. After overriding Governor Nixon’s veto last year, the Missouri Legislature enacted a 72 hour waiting period, one of the nation's longest. Even though the leadership claimed not to have a specific anti-abortion policy initiative this year, 10 bills have already been filed in Jefferson City seeking to restrict women’s access to health care. From obtaining notarized permission to being denied care based on a provider’s choice, women’s health in the state of Missouri continues to be under attack.

If the leadership in the Missouri Legislature truly wants to improve the health of Missouri women, they should pass a comprehensive sex education plan, oh and ya know also, expand Medicaid.