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Missouri Gov. signs law banning abortion at 8 weeks

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has signed a law that bans all abortions at eight weeks. The bill was passed by the State Senate last week. The law includes exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. Doctors would face five to 15 years in prison for performing abortions. Women wouldn’t be prosecuted.

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Missouri joins list of states with anti-choice bills

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate just voted to ban all abortions after eight weeks, according to media reports. The Associated Press said that the bill includes exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. Doctors would face five to 15 years in prison for performing abortions. Women wouldn’t be prosecuted. The vote came hours after Alabama signed into law the most restrictive abortion law in the country.

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Mo. lawmaker who wanted people to be required to own a gun was joking… kinda

JEFFERSON CITY — That bill in Missouri that would require adults to own an AR-15? It was just to “bait” the left. Seriously. Andrew McDaniel, a Republican representing the far southeast corner of the state, told the Washington Post he just wanted to “bait the left.” From the Post:

Soon, McDaniel was forced to clarify that he didn’t — technically speaking — support his own bills, at least not as written.

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Missouri bill would require every state resident to own an AR-15. No, really

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Missouri state representative has filed a bill that would require every resident between 18 and 35 to own an AR-15 rifle. From KMOV:
Andrew McDaniel (R-Deering) introduced House Bill 1108 late last month. The bill would establish the McDaniel Militia Act, “which requires every person between 18 and 35 years of age who can legally possess a firearm to own an AR-15 and authorizes a tax credit for a purchase of an AR-15.”

According to the proposed bill, any person who qualifies as a resident on Aug. 28, 2019 who does not own an AR-15 would have a year to purchase one.

Missouri Supreme Court sides with LGBTQ people in two decisions

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Supreme Court has sided with LGBTQ people in two decisions this past week. With one, the court decided that a lawsuit from a transgender student had the right to sue when school officials barred him from using the bathroom that matched his gender identity. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

A student known in court documents as R.M.A. sued the Blue Springs School District in October 2015 after administrators would not allow him access to a boy’s locker room and rest room. The student was born a female but has identified as a male since the fourth grade.

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Missouri House votes down protecting its own LGBTQ employees

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House of Representatives on Tuesday voted against protections for House LGBTQ workers, bucking a trend in the other direction from surrounding states. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the house voted down a proposal from State Rep. Greg Razer, a gay Democrat from Kansas City. He’d wanted to add protections to the House’s rule manual. From the St.

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Conversion therapy ban filed in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Conversion therapy, also referred to as “reparative therapy,” “ex-gay therapy,” and “sexual orientation change efforts,” is a widely discredited practice that attempts to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Representative Tracy McCreery (D – 88) filed the Youth Mental Health Preservation Act (HB 516) on Wednesday which will prohibit licensed mental health practitioners from subjecting minors to harmful “conversion therapy” practices that attempt to change their sexual orientation or gender identity. These practices have been condemned by the American Counseling Association, American Medical Association, and American Psychiatric Association. In 2009, the American Psychological Association (APA) issued a report enumerating the direct risks of conversion therapy to include, among others: depression, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, shame, social withdrawal, and a distinct rise in suicidality.

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LGBTQ nondiscrimination bill filed in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY — PROMO, Missouri’s statewide LGBTQ rights group, said Wednesday that the The Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA) has been filed. This will be the 21st year it has been submitted. PROMO said State Rep. Tom Hannegan (R – 65) filed the bill. The group said that MONA would add sexual orientation and gender identity to Missouri’s Human Rights Statute, which currently prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations for other protected categories, including race, sex, and national origin. According to the Williams Institute, more than 160,000 LGBTQ adults in Missouri would benefit from an expanded state nondiscrimination law that includes sexual orientation and gender identity.