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Abortion rights groups target Schaefer over Planned Parenthood documents
By Rudi Keller
Originally posted on 6.4.16 Columbia Daily Tribune
"This has been a political witch hunt and a big waste of taxpayer money,” Dreith said in a news conference. "Now we have Sen. Kurt Schaefer trying to out-conservative his opponent, Josh Hawley....” 
Pro-choice groups call out 2 senators
by Brittany Ruess and Bob Watson
Originally published 6.3.2016 News Tribune
Alison Dreith, executive director of NARAL Pro Choice Missouri, and Laura Swinford, who heads Progress Missouri, called out the Missouri Senate for its continued review of Planned Parenthood records during a media conference call Thursday.....
Missouri House passes anti-abortion ‘personhood’ amendment
By Jason Hancock
Originally published 5.5.2016 Kansas City Star

Alison Dreith, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, decried both the legislation and the rhetoric used by its supporters.

"Missouri women and families deserve leaders who fight to solve real problems,” she said, "not political gamesmanship and offensive comparisons to slavery and the Holocaust.”

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Missouri House advances 'personhood' legislation
By Summer Ballentine
 Originally Published 5.3.206 by AP
Alison Dreith, the executive director of the Missouri branch of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said the measure is unconstitutional and likely would face court challenges.
Anti-abortion bill hinders health care
By Gretchen Maune
Originally posted on 4.25.16 Columbia Daily Tribune

Despite the best efforts of legislators and advocates who fought to protect a woman’s right to choose, Texas’ HB2, placing burdensome restrictions on providers, passed in 2013, and the Missouri House just passed a bill to mirror it.

Despite its lack of medical language and its unnecessary regulations, the House on April 14 passed a bill that would do nothing but place harmful restrictions on women’s access to reproductive health care. HB2069 is simply TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) legislation, demanding extra reports on each abortion and excess inspections of providers’ facilities. These needless rules would restrict health care for thousands.....

Protesters Track Schaefer in Columbia in Effort to Crash his Party
By Annie Rees
Originally Published 4.29.2016 KBIA

Columbia native Sheela Lal joined the protest with her friend Gretchen Maune who was there as a member of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri. Both Lal and Maune vehemently oppose Schaefer, and they were among two of the quiet protestors who were allowed inside the public event.

Maune wanted to ask about Bill SB775 that adds statutory aggravating circumstance for murder in the first degree for certain acts of terrorism. She wanted to know if Schaefer is including violence against abortion clinics in his definition of terrorism. "He said that ‘yes, it would include violence against them because it uses the federal definition of domestic terrorism,” Maune said.

Anti-abortion bill takes another step in Missouri House
By Jon Swedien
Originally Posted on 4.18.16 News-Leader
"One of the biggest problems is it is so broad. We don't know what this means in terms of what women are going to be able to do with birth control," said Rachel Goldberg, a NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri member from Springfield. 
Pro-choice groups begin attacking Schaefer with campaign
By Rachel Herndon

Originally Posted on 4.12.16 The Missouri Times

Planned Parenthood Advocates has launched, a site collecting signatures to tell Sen. Kurt Schaefer, the Senate Sanctity of Life committee chairman, that his attacks on Planned Parenthood are "shameful.” Activists donning t-shirts with the slogan also dropped off the first batch of signatures collected from the campaign to Schaefer’s office Tuesday.

"We’ve had enough of Sen. Schaefer’s schemes to punish Missourians, invade privacy, and attack our rights,” reads the website, which has gathered over 1,700 signatures as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. "When Kurt Schaefer ran for Senate, he described himself as a moderate who wouldn’t play politics. Now he’s attacking Missourians’ access to health care to score political points with extremists.

<"Sen. Schaefer is: Pushing legislation that would take vital health care services like birth control and annual exams away from thousands of Missourians. Cutting access to safe, legal abortion care in Mid-Missouri. Trying to force Planned Parenthood to turn over private patient information, violating federal law. Threatening to throw Planned Parenthood’s President and CEO in jail if he doesn’t get his way. Really? It’s shameful. Tell Sen. Schaefer: Enough is enough.”

"Senator Schaefer wants to throw a nonprofit executive in jail for refusing to break the law by handing over the private medical records of who-knows-how-many women,” said Laura Swinford, executive director of Progress Missouri. "Folks across Missouri have had enough of Senator Schaefer’s hypocritical grandstanding and witch hunts. We hope Missourians will continue to let Sen. Schaefer know they’re sick of his political gamesmanship, and that it’s time to help find real solutions to the problems women and families are facing each day in our state.”

The website also promotes the #shameonschaefer hashtag, which has been picked up by left-leaning groups such a Progress Missouri (@ProgressMO) and NARAL Missouri (@NARALMissouri), Democratic state representatives such as Rep. Stacey Newman and Tracy McCreery, and more, all hoping to gather more signatures. The website lists the first initial, last name, and city of each signatory.

Campaign supporters in the Capitol Tuesday donned t-shirts stating "Shame on Schaefer.”

"There have been quite a bit of responses that have come in quickly,” said M’Evie Mead, director of statewide organizing for Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri. Mead led the group who dropped off the first batch of signatures to Schaefer’s Capitol office Tuesday morning.

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