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Buffer Zone Bill Shielding St. Louis' Abortion Clinic Returns to Board of Aldermen
Now the buffer bill is back, and Alison Dreith, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, believes it has a good shot at success. Not only is the bill now in her preferred committee — public safety instead of legislative — but she believes supporters have the votes to advance it.

She believes the bill is necessary. 
State lawmakers put millions toward combating abortions

In a joint letter to Gov. Eric Greitens earlier this month, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue and Alison Dreith, executive director of its Missouri chapter, said crisis pregnancy centers pose as reproductive health centers, but prevent women from exploring all of their options, including abortion.

Crisis pregnancy centers won’t "refer women to an abortion provider – and in fact, some may refuse even to provide information about or referrals for birth control. These practices are designed to undermine women’s reproductive freedom and may endanger women’s health by delaying access to legitimate health-care services,” the letter states.

Columbia Planned Parenthood clinic primed to resume abortion services

Alison Dreith, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, spoke for the women.

Dreith said that while the demonstration was in support of reproductive rights for women generally, the women were demonstrating specifically in opposition to portions of House Bills 10 and 11, appropriations bills that earmark funds for the state Departments of Social Services, Mental Health as well as Health and Senior Services.

Protesters Channel A Handmaid's Tale at Missouri Capitol, With Attire Straight Out of Dystopia
No word yet on whether the protest has caused any legislators to think twice about their positions on abortion, family planning or the budget in general. But how's this for dystopian: NARAL Missouri Executive Director Alison Dreith tells us that even this simple, restrained act of protest theater drew pushback: Security in the state House of Representatives actually made the women take off their bonnets.

The Senate, however, let them stay on. See, things are not completely totalitarian in Missouri ... yet. 
Missouri lawmakers moving ahead with tougher restrictions on abortion

But Alison Drieth of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri said legislation like this isn’t about protecting women’s health, but outlawing abortion.

"It’s a targeted legislation for abortion providers,” Dreith said. "The anti-choice community feels that it’s an easy way, with more burdensome regulations, where they could find abortion providers to slip up and that they could ultimately shut clinics down.”

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