Anna SpoerreReporter, Missouri Independent
Anna Spoerre covers reproductive health care for The Missouri Independent. A graduate of Southern Illinois University, she most recently worked at the Kansas City Star where she focused on storytelling that put people at the center of wider issues. Before that she was a courts reporter for the Des Moines Register.
Missouri abortion-rights initiatives face a ‘torturous’ road to the 2024 ballot. Here's what to knowTwo coalitions are hoping to put abortion on the 2024 ballot in Missouri, where virtually all abortions are illegal. The issue has proven to be a big winner in numerous states, but both groups face the same question: Is there enough time and money to get their proposed amendments off the ground?
Missouri's abortion ban does not include any exceptions for survivors of rape. A proposed constitutional amendment would change that, but it would also require women seeking an abortion to report the assault to a crisis hotline. Some survivor advocacy groups worry it could cause further harm.
A longtime GOP operative who calls Missouri’s current abortion law "radical" is moving forward with a ballot initiative that would make the procedure legal up to 12 weeks. At the same time, groups pushing for more expansive abortion rights amendments still haven't settled on which proposal they'll try to get on the ballot.