If you are not yet 40 years old, you don't know a time when abortion was illegal in this country. If you are over 40, you know that the hard-won right to this safe, legal medical procedure is slipping away.
It's slipping further and faster in Missouri than in most other states. Our legislators recently passed a bill that would require a 72-hour waiting period for a woman to obtain an abortion, which would severely punish those from outstate who have to travel to St. Louis, where our only abortion provider is located. Other punitive barriers, such as forcing women to view ultrasound images of the fetus and insisting that physicians who provide abortions also have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, have been put in place.
Contraceptive rights are also unraveling, as we witnessed in the Hobby Lobby case.
Paula Gianino has been on the front lines of these battles since 1990. Under her leadership, Planned Parenthood has cared for more than one million individuals and provided more than $50 million in discounted or free care. She will be retiring in January, 2015. Please join us as she tells us what it's like on the front lines of defending our reproductive rights.