WHY IT MATTERS
“Defined by feminists in the 1970s as a basic human right, it includes the right to abortion and birth control but implies much more. To be realized, reproductive freedom must include not only an [individual's] right to choose childbirth, abortion, sterilization or birth control but also her right to make those choices freely, without pressure from [other] individuals, doctors, governmental or religious authorities.
"It is a key issue for [people who bear children], since without it the other freedoms we appear to have, such as the right to education, jobs, and equal pay may prove illusory. Provisions of childcare, medical treatment, and society’s attitude towards children are also involved.”
–The Encyclopedia of Feminism (1986) Lisa Tuttle
BILLS WE ARE WATCHING
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Colors bars to the left of bills indicate IKC support (green) or opposition (red).
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CALLS TO ACTION
MISSOURI ABORTION BAN - 2019 HB 126 - CALL THEM OUT!
Here's what you can do:
Find out how your representative voted, and then let them know how you feel about their vote ("Yea" is in support of the ban, "Nay" is against the ban.)
Make sure you vote against legislators who believe that abortion should be banned in all cases.
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