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St. Louis on the Air
4:17 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Discussion: Akin Pushes Book, Defends ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment

Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, right, talks to "St. Louis on the Air" host Don Marsh, left, and producer Alex Heuer before Tuesday's show.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum / St. Louis Public Radio

This story was updated following St. Louis on the Air.

Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin is back, and he’s not sorry.

Two years after losing a contest for U.S. Senate and igniting a “war on women” debate with a comment about rape, Akin has written a book that offers behind-the-scenes details about how he, his campaign and his family coped.

In an August 2012 interview with Charles Jaco on KTVI (Channel 2), Akin was asked about abortion and rape. Akin, who is staunchly anti-abortion, said that a pregnancy from rape “is really rare.”

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Abortion
1:48 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Nixon Vetoes Bill Mandating 72-Hour Waiting Period For Abortions

Jay Nixon
Credit / File photo

(Updated 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 2)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have tripled the state’s waiting period for an abortion to 72 hours, saying it reflected  “a callous disregard for women who find themselves in horrific circumstances.”

The governor noted in Wednesday’s veto message that the bill, HB 1307, had no exceptions for rape or incest.

“This extreme and disrespectful measure would unnecessarily prolong the suffering of rape and incest victims and jeopardize the health and wellbeing of women,” Nixon said Wednesday.

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Politics & Issues
4:49 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Buffer Zones At Abortion Clinics

Chief Justice John Roberts

Governments cannot ban anti-abortion "sidewalk counselors" from a 35-foot buffer zone that includes the sidewalk in front of an abortion clinic unless the governments first have tried less restrictive methods of protecting women from face-to-face intimidation as they enter reproductive health facilities.

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Reproductive Rights
10:10 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Missouri House Sends Abortion 72-Hour Waiting Period To Governor

Floor of the Missouri House on May 14, 2014 during abortion debate.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated 11:40 a.m Thursday, May 15)

After more than an hour of emotional – and often loud – debate, the Missouri House voted to send to the governor a bill that would triple Missouri’s waiting period for abortions to 72 hours from 24 hours.

If approved by Gov. Jay Nixon, the measure would make Missouri only the third state in the nation to mandate a 72-hour wait – and possibly set the stage for a legal challenge.

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2014 Mo. Legislative Session
6:50 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Missouri Senate GOP Makes Deal With Democrats, 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period, Early Voting Passed

Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Republicans in the Missouri Senate succeeded in passing two of their top priorities early Tuesday morning.

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Reproductive Rights
9:44 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Missouri's Latest Abortion Debate Once Again Attracts National Attention

Missouri House approved last week a 72-hour waiting period for abortion. It now goes to the Senate.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

For at least 35 years, Missouri has been one of the major battlefields in the ongoing fight over reproductive rights, contraception and abortion.

Based on the last few weeks in Jefferson City, not much has changed.

“Missouri is one of the really hot states, when it comes to abortion restrictions this year,’’ said Elizabeth Nash, state issues manager with the Guttmacher Institute, a research group advocating sexual and reproductive health rights.

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Abortion
2:51 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Mo. House Gives 1st-Round Approval To 72-Hour Waiting Period For Abortions; Senate Version Blocked

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation that would require a 72-hour waiting period for abortions is moving forward in the Missouri House, while its Senate counterpart is stalled.

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Medical Conscience
8:42 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Missouri House Gives First-Round Approval To 'Health Care Conscience' Bill

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Medical personnel who wish to opt out of participating in procedures that violate their religious or personal beliefs are one step closer to being allowed to do so legally in Missouri.

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Reproductive rights
10:36 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Despite Annual March To Washington, Fight Over Abortion Is Being Waged In The States

Missouri state capitol
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Tuesday morning, thousands of Missourians — many of them from the St. Louis area — are following a decades-old tradition and boarding buses for an all-night bus ride to Washington.

On Wednesday, the Missouri contingent will join tens of thousands of others from around the country for the annual March for Life in the nation’s capital to protest the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing most abortions.

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Politics
5:53 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Mo. State Rep. Going To Court To Opt Out Of ‘Abortion-Inducing Drugs’ Coverage

Official state photo of Mo. State Rep. Paul Wieland.
Credit Missouri State House of Representatives

 A lawsuit filed on behalf of a Missouri state representative is aimed at changing a mandate from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that he says violates his religious rights.

Paul Wieland, a Republican House member from Imperial, says he and his wife are no longer able to opt out of coverage for “abortion-inducing drugs” under a group health care plan provided for legislators.

He says that option has been removed because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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