Missouri pro-choice activists launch 72-hour filibuster to protest waiting period bill

Remember when Missouri legislator compared getting an abortion to buying a new car in order to justify increasing the state’s waiting period to 72 hours? Well, in response to that bill, along with more than 29 other anti-choice proposals the legislature has considered just this session, reproductive rights activists in Missouri are staging a 72-hour filibuster. The site explains:

It’s clear that many in the Missouri legislature have not heard what women in Missouri think about their obsession with attacking women’s health. So we are putting on our own 72-hour Women’s Filibuster on the steps of the Missouri Capitol. From Monday, May 12th at 2pm until Thursday, May 15th at 2pm, Missourians will make our voices heard on women’s health.

If the 3-day waiting period bill is passed, Missouri — which has only one abortion clinic — will be one of just three states (South Dakota and Utah being the others) with a waiting period that long. Missouri residents who want to participate in the filibuster can sign up here, and others across the country can watch the live-stream and add your name in support here.

Maya DusenberyMaya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing.

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Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like Cosmopolitan.com, TheAtlantic.com, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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