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Missouri House passes controversial new abortion bill

Gary Hill, a Missouri House of Representatives door keeper, instructs abortion rights activists on the rules of the gallery on Friday, May 17, 2019, before the chamber voted to pass a bill that would virtually ban all abortions in the state. The chamber acted on the final day of the legislative session in Jefferson City. Gov. Mike Parson is expected to sign the bill. Photo by Christian Gooden,

Women, are you paying attention? Laws are being passed that are severely restricting or potentially eliminating the constitutional right to make your own reproductive decisions, including the very personal decision to terminate a pregnancy. Some of these laws also preclude the potential to terminate the pregnancy due to rape or incest.

Please take note that all of the states proceeding with this draconian behavior are controlled by the GOP. President Donald Trump has named two associate Supreme Court justices who may vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. A majority of the lawmakers making these decisions are white, male and Republican.

It is time to get out the female vote. Even if you disagree with some positions within the Democratic platform, this one issue alone should have you running from a party that wants to take us all back to the dark ages. Please get out the vote so we can rid ourselves of these theocrats.

Ryan Geraty • Lake Saint Louis