Today was a dark day for women and everyone in need of abortion care in Missouri, which already left people seeking such medical services severely underserved as there's just one abortion provider in the entire state. One Planned Parenthood clinic to offer reproductive health care services to approximately 1.1 million women of reproductive age in the entire state, as NPR reported. Now it has gotten much, much worse. On Tuesday, according to NBC News, the state of Missouri refused to renew the St. Louis clinic's license to provide abortions, which is set to make Missouri the first state without an abortion provider since Roe v. Wade was passed more than four decades ago. With a grim reality ahead, here's how to help protect abortion access for women in Missouri.
The news that Missouri could be without a single abortion provider within the next few weeks comes on the heels of some other terrible news. On Friday, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed a bill into law that bans abortions after eight weeks gestation with no exception made for rape or incest. This law would also seek to force minors seeking abortions to notify both parents and ask doctors providing emergency abortions to persuade health officials that the abortion was indeed a medical emergency, according to Vox.
This dangerous abortion law is expected to be challenged in court, but what do the women of Missouri do if the only abortion clinic in the state does close down? Here's how you can help protect this important care.