Reproaction co-founder/co-director Pamela Merritt hosted speakers Sara Baker, Legislative and Policy Director, ACLU of Missouri, Mallory Schwarz, Executive Director, NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, and Indra Woods Lusero, Staff Attorney, National Advocates for Pregnant Women on a call-in press conference to discuss the alarming consequences of criminalizing abortion and prosecuting women for pregnancy outcomes - especially as the St. Louis region has emerged as the front line in the battle to maintain and expand access to abortion.
While abortion with pills is safe, and access to abortion pills can vastly improve young people’s lives, in contrast, barriers to accessing health care are correlated with negative health and economic outcomes.
The logical consequence of banning abortion is and always has been sending people to jail for pregnancy outcomes, including but not limited to self-managed abortions taking place outside of medical settings. Poor people and women of color will be targeted most.
New video footage shows Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA) failing to denounce women going to jail for self-managed abortion.
New Reproaction Video Shows Congressman Ron Wright (R-TX) Doubling Down on His Controversial Abortion Comments, Calling Woman “Idiot”
Wright doubled down on his desire to punish abortion providers including those women who self-manage their own abortions