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Missouri House passes controversial new abortion bill

Speaker Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) stands at the dais as the Missouri House of Representatives meets on Friday, May 17, 2019, before voting 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, cgooden@post-dispatch.com

I am disappointed in the way the news of the Missouri abortion law has been received. It does not “ban” abortion. It does not make it impossible to find an abortion provider. It makes women be more responsible, which I suspect is why they hate it. It makes it their responsibility to learn if they are pregnant and deal with it in a timely manner. Having unprotected sex means there is a possibility of a pregnancy. When they missed a period, did they not go buy a home pregnancy test? Why is it so hard to get an abortion before they are two months along?

In cases of rape, or a drunken-night bad decision, there is the “morning after” pill. But once again, the woman must make the choice to follow through. With all the birth control devices available, with all the means of terminating a pregnancy before it’s two months along, I find it amazing that women consider this such a huge imposition.

The liberated women of today tout their independence. So why can’t they practice responsibility as well?

And as for the manner of the Post-Dispatch’s coverage of the issue, how about a little parity for pro-life supporters? The photos are all of the rabid pro-choice side protesting. Where is the coverage of the pro-life side? Has it occurred to Post-Dispatch that it may be that the more conservative people are the ones who buy their newspaper? And there is a reason why Missouri has so many Republican congressmen: We are a more conservative state. So why alienate so many Missourians? We may be less fanatical and quieter, but we are here.

Mary DuBois • St. Charles