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Politically Speaking: Missouri Rep. Keri Ingle On Abortion, 2020 Legislative Session

Missouri Rep. Keri Ingle, D-Lee's Summit
Missouri Rep. Keri Ingle, D-Lee's Summit, discusses the eight-week abortion ban as well as some of her proposals for the upcoming 2020 legislative session.

State Rep. Keri Ingle, D-Lee’s Summit, joins public radio political reporters Julie O’Donoghue, Jason Rosenbaum and Aviva Okeson-Haberman to talk about her first year in office and what she expects in the upcoming 2020 legislative session.

Ingle has a background in social work and has investigated child abuse and neglect. She won election in 2018 in a district outside Kansas City. She flipped her House seat from Republican to Democrat. 

Here’s some of what Ingle talked about on the podcast: 

  • Ingle decided to run for office in reaction to President Donald Trump’s election in 2016.
  • She says one of the more disappointing aspects of the 2019 legislative session was the number of Republicans who voted for an eight-week abortion ban that did not include exceptions for rape and incest, including those who told her privately that they weren’t comfortable with the bill. Ingle expects legislation will be filed to add exceptions for rape and incest into the ban during the 2020 legislative session. 
  • Ingle says she believes gun restrictions will be a big topic of debate in the session. 
  • Shehas filed legislation to boost Title IX protections for victims of rape and sexual assault on college campuses. How to handle sexual assault and rape at universities has been a major topic of discussion in the Missouri General Assembly over the past several months. 
  • Ingle has proposed bills that would bar foster care organizations from excluding LGBTQ people and people of certain religious backgrounds from the foster parent pool. 

Outgoing Music: “Daughter” by Loudon Wainwright 

Special thanks to KCUR in Kansas City for helping out with this podcast. 

Politically Speaking

The podcast is sponsored by the St. Louis-based law firm of Capes Sokol

Follow Keri Ingle on Twitter: @RepKeriIngle

Follow Julie O’Donoghue on Twitter: @jsodonoghue

Follow Jason Rosenbaum on Twitter: @jrosenbaum

Follow Aviva Okeson-Haberman on Twitter: @avivaokeson

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