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 Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing.