Missouri Woman Delivers Smackdown To Anti-Abortion Legislators

Women are tired of condescending old men telling them what they think. Now they're saying so.

That's right, lawmakers. You "small government" types who want to climb into our heads and our lady parts were just smacked down with your own stupid idea.

Salon has the skinny on the stupid anti-abortion law they're contemplating:

Lawmakers in the state may extend the 24-hour waiting period women are required to face before they can access abortion care to 72 hours, joining Utah and South Dakota in forcing women to wait three full days before they can obtain medical care. (It seems worth mentioning here that Missouri has no waiting period whatsoever for purchasing firearms.)

Waiting period laws force women to make multiple trips before being able to access care. In a state like Missouri, where there is only one abortion clinic to serve the entire state, these laws require women to take off additional time at work, find childcare, and secure transportation for multiple days. They are needlessly punitive and do not change women’s minds about the care they are seeking.

Dina Van Der Zalm was one of those who appeared before the committee with a sauce-for-the-gander message:

I would like to take your recommended waiting period and return Monday after I’ve had time to really think through my decisions,” she continued. “I’m pretty sure of how I feel. I’m pretty sure it’s not going to change at all.

I'm sure the fatheaded old men didn't give a rip, but it makes her point nicely anyway.


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