New Abortion Restrictions? Sue Allen's Proposal Sparks Cries of Todd Akin from House Dems

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Representative Sue Allen.
During a debate about public assistance benefits last week at the Missouri State Capitol, Republican representative Sue Allen proposed an amendment that would place restrictions on abortion -- and immediately faced an outcry from House Democrats who compared her to Todd Akin.

"We are trying to expose as much as we can that the Todd Akin thing is still around," says Democratic representative Stacey Newman, who alerted Daily RFT to the anti-abortion proposal and tweeted her outrage as Allen's amendment was being debated.

Allen, however, says that her opponents didn't take time to understand her idea -- and viciously attacked her.

"It's just amazing how loud and upset people get," Allen tells Daily RFT. "The people who were on the other side of the aisle got...vile quickly. I guess I should expect that."

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Reproductive rights are still hotly debated in the Missouri legislature, where many pro-life Republicans (and some Democrats, too) continue to propose bills that would expand limitations on abortion.

Missouri, of course, was in the spotlight last year for Rep. Todd Akin's comment that women can't get pregnant from "legitimate rape," which effectively destroyed his challenge against U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat.

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Todd Akin.

Many months later, the "legitimate rape" fiasco, it seems, is still providing ammunition for Missouri Democrats against proposals designed to restrict abortions in the legislature.

Here are some of Newman's tweets about Allen's amendement:


Newman tells us that Allen struggled to respond to questions from Democrats about how her amendment would protect a pregnant woman seeking an abortion when her life was at risk and says that after enough outcry, she withdrew the amendment.

The bill in question, House Bill 343, offers a range of welfare reforms (that some critics say unfairly attack those on public assistance in the name of reigning in welfare abuse).

Allen's short (now withdrawn) proposal amendment, on view below, says that family planning services covered by MO HealthNet, which provides health care for low-income residents, "shall not include abortions" -- and removes a sentence relating to the life of the mother.

"I don't believe in abortion," Allen tells us, but adds that her opponents were misunderstanding her proposal.

Continue for more of our interview with representative Sue Allen and for the full proposal.


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Sue Allen, please get your big government ideas out of my uterus. The GOP needs to STOP claiming that they're "anti big govt", while sticking their noses in my PRIVATE business & parts. I'm in Ms. Allen's district, unfortunately. Thanks for being an embarrassment to us Sue. Why don't you get some science before you open your maw again with a ridiculous proposal that tramples the rights of MO women while disregarding their right to bodily autonomy. Vile?? If being passionate about protecting my rights is vile, you ma'am obviously have no clue what "vile" is. Look in the mirror. YOUR ideas & subsequent proposed amendment IS VILE.

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