Missouri has one of the strictest abortion bans in the entire US but that could soon be changing. There are plans to lessen the restrictions, and the changes are coming from an unlikely place...

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According to NPR, changes could be coming to Missouri's strict abortion ban, which is being proposed by a group of Republicans. In an article on NPR, they say...

"Corley's organization has submitted six proposed ballot initiatives that would establish abortion exceptions in the case of fatal fetal abnormalities, incest, or rape – if someone calls into a crisis hotline. Some iterations would allow abortions up to 12 weeks of pregnancy, and all would prevent the state from punishing those who receive or perform abortions."

Corley's organization is a group led by Republican woman Jamie Corley who has spent years working in Washington DC working for Republican lawmakers. She is a Missourian who was outraged when Missouri passed its strict abortion ban. The group she leads is called the Missouri Women and Family Research Fund. To read more about this, click here! 

Obviously, this is an issue that is extremely complicated and causes a lot of debate on both sides of the aisle. What I find so fascinating about this case here in Missouri is that it is a group of Republican woman going against their party to try to make changes to this abortion ban. If you look in depth at what changes they are proposing for the ban I think you will find that they are working towards giving women in desperate situations more options. These are women who have been raped or dealt with incest they would be allowed to have access to a legal abortion in Missouri once again. Missourians can amend their state constitution with a simple majority vote, so you may be seeing these questions popping up on your ballot in 2024. Where do you stand on this issue?

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