Satanists Crowd-Fund Campaign to Get Missouri Woman an Abortion

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Satanists want to spread the Good News -- about abortion!
The Satanic Temple of St. Louis has raised enough money via the GoFundMe crowdsourcing website to pay for a southwest Missouri woman to travel to St. Louis for an abortion.

The financial help is needed, they say, because Missouri law burdens women seeking abortion with a 72-hour waiting period after consulting a provider. And a bevy of targeted regulations and restrictions has whittled down the number of Missouri abortion providers to just one -- the Planned Parenthood in the Central West End. That leaves women from rural Missouri with few choices that don't involve significant expense.

"I think it's horrible in a lot of ways to make someone have that amount of waiting period," the woman, who asked that we not use her real name, tells Daily RFT.

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Cynthia Davis Defends Catherine Hanaway's Ideas About Unwed Sex Leading to Child Porn

Cynthia Davis (in pink) agrees with Catherine Hanaway that unmarried sex is dangerous.
Amid the avalanche of scorn that followed GOP gubernatorial candidate Catherine Hanaway's speech on how slutty feminist culture leads to kiddie porn, an infamous former Missouri politician is now standing up to defend her.

No, not Todd Akin -- it's Cynthia "hunger can be a positive motivator" Davis.

Davis, you may recall, rose to national prominence in 2009 as a state representative when she questioned the need for summer food programs for children, arguing that hunger would probably motivate kids to get jobs at McDonald's. Yesterday, Davis sent out a newsletter praising Hanaway and calling her remarks "spot on."

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Need an Abortion in Missouri? Republicans Want You to Watch a Documentary First

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"Honey, bring the popcorn! The state-mandated abortion documentary is on!"
The Missouri Legislature is attempting a feat that even Hollywood hasn't been able to accomplish: produce a must-see abortion movie.

Only in this case, "must-see" is literal. If House Bill 124 passes, women in Missouri must watch a documentary created by the state health department with information about abortion 72 hours before they can access the procedure.

The new proposal, sponsored by Desloge Republican representative Linda Black, would add a third method of mansplaining abortion methods and risks to patients. Physicians are already required by Missouri law to explain abortion procedures verbally and in writing.

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GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Says Abortions, Unwed Mothers Lead to Child Pornography

Catherine Hanaway is running for governor of Missouri.
Women's sexual autonomy leads to child pornography. That's the batshit crazy thing Missouri Republican (and a leading candidate for governor) Catherine Hanaway just said.

Hanaway, who was the first female speaker of the state House of Representatives, told attendees at the Educational Policy Conference that the liberal "culture of permissiveness towards sexual activity" puts America at risk of becoming a nation of child pornographers.

After all, Hanaway explains, if women are permitted to have sex (and even, gasp!, have children) without being married first, then it's only a matter of time before "every sexual preference" -- including child abuse, apparently -- "is acceptable."

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"It's Still Her Body": Anti-Abortion Lawmaker Defends Abortion Rights [VIDEO]

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"When my wife saw it, she was like, 'What?!' and I was like, 'Uh-oh.'"
They say behind every strong man is a strong woman. Let's just hope the woman behind Republican state representative Ron Hicks is strong enough to keep him from voting for a uniquely egregious anti-women's-health bill currently before the legislature.

Hicks, who represents St. Charles, brought up his wife's shocked reaction to House Bill 131 at a lobbyist-comped dinner "hearing" at the upscale, jackets-only Jefferson City Country Club. (Don't worry, lawmakers aren't allowed to do that anymore.)

The bill, sponsored by Republican Rick Brattin, says women should only have access to abortion services in Missouri if the father grants written permission, or if they can prove they were victims of "legitimate rape."

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New Bill Requires Father's Permission or Proof of "Legitimate Rape" for Abortions in Missouri

Rick Brattin wants to make it even harder for Missouri women to access abortions.
You'd think Missouri Republicans would have learned to stop using the term "legitimate rape" after Todd Akin's flameout.

Instead, Republican state representative Rick Brattin wants to make "legitimate rape" the legal standard women must prove before accessing abortions -- unless they have written, notarized consent from the father.

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A Missouri Politician Is Suing to Stop His Daughters From Getting Birth Control

Representative Paul Weiland doesn't want his daughters taking these, so he's suing.
Missouri Representative Paul Weiland doesn't want his daughters taking birth control, and he's taking the Obama administration to court to stop the Affordable Care Act from giving it to them for free.

Weiland has three daughters -- two adults ages nineteen and eighteen, and a thirteen-year-old -- who are covered under the family health insurance plan. Weiland and his wife, Teresa, object to birth control for religious reasons, but thanks to Obamacare, their daughters can access birth control at no additional cost.

Now the Weilands are suing, telling the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to stop Obamacare from interfering with their parenting -- especially after the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby.

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Missouri is About to Pass Just Passed One of America's Strictest Limits on Abortion

GOP lawmakers are ready to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto on abortion.
The Missouri Legislature's Republicans want to make it even harder for women, including victims of rape and incest, to access abortions, and this week, they'll have the chance to do it.

Update: The bill passed with a 117-44 vote in the House and a 23-7 vote in the Senate around 11:30 p.m. on September 10. End of update.

At the tail-end of the last legislative session, GOP lawmakers passed a bill tripling the mandated waiting period for women seeking abortions to three days from one day. That would make Missouri's waiting period the longest in America, tied with Utah and South Dakota.

The bill makes no exception for victims of violent sexual crimes -- one of the reasons why Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, vetoed the bill in July.

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Anti-Abortion Protester Beats Charge for Trespassing at Planned Parenthood

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Protesters from the "40 Days for Life" campaign regularly demonstrate outside Planned Parenthood's Central West End clinic.
When is one woman's free speech another woman's harassment?

The question continues to fester at the front gates of Planned Parenthood clinics across the county. That includes Columbia, Missouri, where last week lawyers successfully defended an anti-abortion protester charged with trespassing on the local Planned Parenthood clinic's property.

"This case was brought with no evidence that Kathy trespassed," says attorney Daniel Baker, whose client, New Bloomfield-resident Kathy Forck, had been cited for crossing the clinic's property line during a "40 Days for Life" sidewalk protest on July 24, 2012.

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Gov. Nixon Vetoes Abortion Bill, Missouri Women Escape Three-Day Waiting Period

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Governor Nixon vetoed an abortion bill he called "insulting to women."
Missouri governor Jay Nixon didn't mince words in his Wednesday veto of a mandated 72-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions.

The waiting period "serves no demonstrable purpose other than to create emotional and financial hardships for women who have undoubtedly already spent considerable time wrestling with perhaps the most difficult decision they may ever have to make," wrote Nixon, delivering one of several gubernatorial face-slaps to the conservative-dominated legislature that passed the bill in May.

Nixon's three-page takedown of the bill (which you can read after the jump) immediately drew national media attention for its unequivocally blunt language, but there's something else worth noting: His arguments against the waiting period mirror those of Missouri women who've spent years fighting the same "misguided paternalism" Nixon derided in the veto message.

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