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72-hour abortion waiting period unfair to poor, vunerable

March 12, 2014 

Dear Editor,

The hubris of the Missouri legislature is downright sickening. The proposed 72-hour abortion waiting period would have the de facto effect of ending access to safe and legal abortion in Missouri for a huge percentage of women in the state. Like most laws designed by our Republican dominated legislature, it would disproportionally affect the poorest and most vulnerable among us. The only legal abortion clinic in the state is located in St. Louis, which can be a 4 or 5 hour drive from some portions of the state. These women are supposed to gather up the money to drive there and back, wait 72 hours, and do it again? Not an insurmountable problem for wealthy women, they may be able afford to take days off of work and stay in a hotel for a few days. For a woman on minimum wage, this would do nothing but force them to consider taking drastic measures and risk having an unsafe abortion. Let’s call this what it is – a transparent attempt by a leg islature dominated by males to impose its moral will on women in Missouri.

Peter Gardner

Lee’s Summit

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