Federal court hears arguments on Missouri abortion ban with no rape, incest exception

BY: - September 21, 2021

The fate of Missouri’s ban on abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy, with no exception for rape or incest, rests in the hands of a panel of federal judges.  Arguments Tuesday before the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, and questions from the judges, focused almost exclusively on another provision of the […]

People hold up signs that read "Protect safe, legal abortion."

U.S. Supreme Court schedules Dec. 1 oral arguments in major abortion case

BY: - September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Dec. 1 in a case that threatens to overturn decades of abortion protections established under the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade. The upcoming case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, stems from a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks. It has been […]


If vigilante justice spreads, who will be the next target? | Opinion

BY: - September 13, 2021

Let’s set aside our views on abortion. Instead, let’s consider one aspect of the new Texas abortion law that took effect last week. All of us should be able to agree on this, whether we find abortions abominable or support a woman’s right to end her pregnancy: The enforcement mechanism created by Texas lawmakers is […]

Mike Moon joins race for Congress in southwest Missouri

BY: - August 31, 2021

State Sen. Mike Moon has jumped into what promises to be a crowded race for the congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Billy Long. Moon, a former state representative elected to the Senate last year, unsuccessfully ran against Long in 2010 and 2012. Long is leaving Congress to run for the U.S. Senate seat […]

Mike Parson joins legal effort to convince Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade

BY: - July 29, 2021

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has added his name to the growing list of GOP elected officials asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. Parson and 11 Republican governors submitted an amicus brief on Thursday in a Mississippi case weighing whether state laws that ban abortions before […]

Josh Hawley urges Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade in Mississippi abortion case

BY: - July 26, 2021

Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley joined with two of his GOP colleagues on Monday to file an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to overturn the the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. Hawley, a Yale Law School graduate and former Missouri attorney general, has said before that he could […]

People hold up signs that read "Protect safe, legal abortion."

Federal appeals court will review decision in Missouri abortion ban lawsuit

BY: - July 20, 2021

In a move long-time legal observers say is unusual, the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will, on its own motion, review a June 9 ruling that blocked enforcement of a 2019 Missouri law criminalizing abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy with no exceptions for rape or incest. The order, issued last week, puts the […]


Missouri Republicans should see Kansas as a political cautionary tale

BY: - July 6, 2021

In 2012, I wrote a column seeking to explain the rightward shift in Missouri politics over the previous decade.  The title was cribbed from the popular 2007 Thomas Frank book, What’s The Matter With Kansas, which chronicled that state’s evolution from a place famous for its prairie radicalism to one characterized by an ever-escalating culture […]

Missouri AG asks U.S. Supreme Court to review state’s eight-week abortion ban

BY: - July 1, 2021

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appeals court decision blocking a state law criminalizing abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest. The law, which was approved by state lawmakers in 2019, also criminalizes abortions if they are being sought solely because […]

No changes in committee as FRA bill heads to Missouri House for debate

BY: - June 29, 2021

After receiving a warning that any delay beyond Wednesday for the bill extending medical provider taxes could be catastrophic, the House Budget Committee voted 27-2 to send it to the full chamber without any changes from the version passed last week in the state Senate. The new state fiscal year begins Thursday, and Gov. Mike […]

Missouri Senate approves FRA, rejects push to ban Planned Parenthood from Medicaid

BY: - June 26, 2021

A bipartisan coalition handed anti-abortion activists a rare defeat in the Missouri Senate Friday night, rejecting a push to ban Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid provider as it passed a bill to secure billions for the state’s Medicaid program. And only a restatement of the state’s already existing ban on using public funds to pay […]

Missouri Senate set to debate dueling bills extending tax crucial to Medicaid funding

BY: - June 24, 2021

After about three hours of testimony Thursday, the Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee approved two bills to extend medical provider taxes vital to funding the state’s share of Medicaid. The first bill brought up for a vote would extend the taxes for five years, limit the types of contraceptives available to women on Medicaid and block […]