….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….
….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….
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….
There are some patterns to our readers’ interests. Occupy, occupy, occupy. Working people. Child labor. Teabaggers. Money. Racism. Office holders and their constituents. Money. There you have it, our current political climate in a nutshell.
Photos from the competing rallies at the state capitol. The folks at the organized labor rally were gathered in solidarity with Wisconsin workers. The teabaggers on the other side of the capitol were obsessed with communists. I kid you not.
Suppose you held a downtown rally and over four thousand people show up. If the local paper of record doesn’t bother to cover it does the dead tree media make a sound in the twenty-first century forest when it falls?
Over the course of the last year we covered a number of government and political events in Missouri (and elsewhere), in the process taking thousands of photographs. Most of them didn’t make it into the blog. Some of the things we saw and heard made us smile, made us think, made us gasp, made us hope, and made us despair. We thought we’d provide a retrospective of some of the pictures and stories we consider to be memorable.
January 5, 2011 – The Missouri General Assembly begins the legislative session –
Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) brings the House into session.
We covered the opening of the Missouri General Assembly session. Again.
January 19, 2011 – Senator Claire McCaskill (D) sits down for a talk with bloggers at her Kansas City office.
Senator Claire McCaskill (D) sat down for a conversation with Missouri political bloggers for over an hour in her office in Kansas City. Five years ago the thought of doing so wouldn’t have crossed anyone’s mind. The world has changed.
February 26, 2011 – Teachers and organized labor rally in solidarity with Wisconsin workers at the state capitol in Jefferson City.
Photo by Joan Ferguson, Show Me Progress.
In late February teachers and organized labor held a rally in solidarity with Wisconsin workers at the state capitol in Jefferson City. There was a much smaller astroturf teabagger rally on the opposite side of the building at the same time.
An editor for the Wisconsin State Journal, a Madison paper, contacted us in April about using the photo in their coverage of the ongoing rallies at their state capitol. We granted permission and they ran the photo, with a credit.
August 10, 2011 – Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) listens at a town hall in Warrensburg, Missouri.
Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) held town halls in Clinton and Warrensburg in August. People other than teabagger true believers attended and there was significant pushback against Representative Hartzler’s agenda from many in attendance.
Abortion activist, Tracy McCreery, wins Missouri 83rd District election.
While Missouri needs a government to support all of our businesses, identity politics will be the order of the day in the 83rd.
“…Missouri needs a government to support all of our businesses…” That world view would probably explain some of the result for the republican candidate.
“…identity politics will be the order of the day…” Project much?
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