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How Missouri will outlaw abortion

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Missouri will make virtually all abortions illegal the moment that the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. How did the state get to this point? Plus, the Kaw Nation will reclaim a 20-ton sacred boulder that was stolen by the city of Lawrence a century ago.

Missouri is on the verge of making most abortions illegal. If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade this year, a law passed in 2019 would ban abortion except to save the life of the mother. St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum examines the impact on Missouri policy and the upcoming election.

After white settlers forcibly removed the Kaw tribe from Kansas in the late 1800's, a sacred rock used as an alter by the tribe was then turned to an monument for the city of Lawrence. Almost a century later, KCUR's Frank Morris reports that 20-plus ton quartzite bolder is now bound for tribal land with the hope that it can strengthen the frayed bond between the Kaw, or Kanza, people and the state that took their land, their sacred stone, and even their name.

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