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Consider the following, from the 2011 legislative session:

HB 28: and you thought the era of wedge issue politics was over (December 4, 2010)






….No licensed pharmacy in this state shall be required to perform, assist, recommend, refer to, or participate in any act or service in connection with any drug or device that is an abortifacient, including but not limited to the RU486 drug and emergency contraception such as the Plan B drug….

And this, from the 2014 legislative session:

SB 519, HB 1307, HB 1313: wait, wait, wait (January 12, 2014)

Abortion legislation prefiled on December 1, 2013:

SB 519 Amends the current waiting period for having an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours

Sponsor: Sater

LR Number: 4423S.03I Fiscal Note available

Committee: Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence

Last Action: 1/9/2014 – Second Read and Referred S Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Journal Page: S64

[emphasis added]

12/1/2013 Prefiled

1/8/2014 S First Read–SB 519-Sater S35

1/9/2014 Second Read and Referred S Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee S64


It’s the same individual and the same wedge issue, just in different chambers of the General Assembly.

Now consider this:

March 10 2014 12:16 PM

Republican Who Blamed Pregnant Rape Victims for Not Taking Plan B Tried to Restrict Plan B Access

By Amanda Marcotte

….The latest entrant is Missouri state legislator David Sater, who is sponsoring a bill that would extend the waiting period for an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours. Naturally, there’s no rape exception, and naturally, Sater’s got some strong words about the irresponsibility of rape victims to justify not including one. “If a woman decides not to go to the hospital and not get the ‘Plan B,’ they’re making a decision to keep that child if they get pregnant,” he said. “If the woman found out she was pregnant three or four weeks down the line, they had made the decision not to do some preventative things like Plan B….”

….Sater may believe that women need to be swift in their Plan B procurement, but he also apparently thinks that it should be very difficult for women to procure Plan B. In 2010, Sater sponsored a bill that would allow pharmacies not to stock emergency contraception if they don’t want to and prevent women-presumably including rape victims-from suing pharmacies for not doing so. So, rape victims: You’re expected to get it together so quickly post-rape that you don’t forget to take emergency contraception, even though you’re not allowed to expect any pharmacies to actually stock the stuff….

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Think about that. Senator David Sater (r) believes that the waiting period for an abortion should be extended from 24 to 72 hours. And he also believes that there should be no exception for rape victims because it’s up to them to immediately access and use “Plan B”. He also believes that “Plan B” access should be limited. That’s not consistency, that’s not logic, that’s our right wingnut republican controlled General Assembly in action.

Is anyone really surprised?

Oh, by the way, Senator Sater (r) is a pharmacist:

….Senator Sater is a native of Barry County where he owned and operated Sater Pharmacy for almost thirty years. He is a 1972 graduate of the University Missouri – Kansas City School of Pharmacy….