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Campaign Life Missouri and NARAL Missouri view pregnancy resource centers differently; both groups testify on Kevin Engler bill

NARAL Missouri Executive Director Alison Dreith testifies against the bill, telling senators that pregnancy resource centers "often lie to and shame women.”

"And when women come to these crisis pregnancy centers and are lied to about the development of their fetuses and how far along they are, this adds to exasperate women not getting the prenatal care that they need,” Dreith tells senators.

Dreith also alleges that some PRC’s tell women that birth control will give them breast cancer.

Dreith tells senators NARAL Missouri is not opposed to the maternity homes.

 
Unthinkable: What If Roe Is Overturned?
 
There is increased urgency to pass legislation at the state level because if Roe is overturned, regulation of abortion will be returned to the states. Pro-choice groups have been working hard to find common ground with potential but untapped allies to increase public support, including tying related pieces of legislation together. NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri’s 21st Century Women’s Health Initiative is advocating for both the Reproductive Non-Discrimination Act and the Missouri Family Leave Act. "This year, we got our first hearing on paid leave, as more Republicans in leadership are starting to talk about the issue,” said Alison Dreith, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri. "Kansas City has already expanded paid leave for their city employees, and the governor expanded it to over 40,000 employees under the state's executive branch. We are currently working to expand paid leave to city employees in two other municipalities. When we talk about these four pillars together—abortion, birth control, nondiscrimination, and paid leave—voters overwhelmingly support our cause.” 
Local Liberal Groups Voice Opposition to Supreme Court Nominee
 
Other groups opposing Gorsuch’s nomination include NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, says Executive Director Alison Dreith.

"We know that Judge Gorsuch is just as extreme as President Trump is. President Trump has promised to punish women and overturn Roe v. Wade,” she says.

 
Anti-abortion activists lobby for legislation

Alison Dreith, executive director at NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, said Missouri Right to Life has a lot of missed priorities.

"With one remaining abortion clinic left for over three million women, we have enough undue burdens on Missouri women and it’s time for us to pass proactive policy,” Dreith said.

 
Missouri Lawmakers Debate Whether Pregnancy Resource Centers Must Provide Science-Backed Information
 
The Alternatives to Abortion program does not require centers to have medically trained staff or provide medically accurate information. And a 2012 survey by the abortion rights group NARAL found that many of the centers in the St. Louis area provided inaccurate or misleading information about the risks of abortions. 
Missouri Republican Wants To Make An Abortion Museum Exhibit Comparing It To The Holocaust
 
Unsurprisingly, pro-choice advocates were not on board with Moon's proposal or the comparisons he chose to use. "Not only is Mike Moon obsessed about outlawing abortion in Missouri, instead of feeding hungry children, but he is also a racist and a bigot," Alison Dreith, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, told Rewire. "The Missouri Republican Party needs to stand against Moon’s hate, yet they condone it by rapidly giving his bills hearings and attention by passing them out of the house." 

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It's time to pass Reproductive Non-Discrimination Act and Family Medical Leave Act, in order to ensure that the women and families of Missouri have access to the services they need, want, and deserve.

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