Missouri Activists Stage 72-Hour Protest of Abortion Waiting Period
Reproductive rights activists in Missouri are halfway through a 72-hour rally on the steps of the state capitol in protest of a state bill that would require a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking abortion.
The Women's Filibuster began yesterday at 2 pm and will end on Thursday at 2 pm. Activists are protesting against the expected passage of the bill that would triple Missouri's waiting period for an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours - a change that will significantly increase the financial and transportation burdens on women seeking abortions, especially in a state with only one clinic that provides abortions. A live feed of the protest is being shown on the event's website.
"Missourians are outraged by this dangerous and misguided agenda and have been organizing for months - hundreds rallied last month at a Lobby Day for Women's Health, and thousands more have called and emailed their legislators," the website for the protest says. "The bottom line is: Lawmakers should be helping Missouri women have more access to medical care, not less.