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Will Missouri lawmakers go after birth control next?

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Almost all abortions will immediately become illegal in Missouri if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. But some reproductive rights advocates worry that access to contraceptives could be targeted next. Plus, how Missouri and Kansas politicians are reacting to the deadly school shooting in Texas.

Missouri is one of many states with a trigger ban set in place for the possibility that Roe v. Wade is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. With a complete ban on abortion looming over the horizon, reproductive rights advocates in Missouri are afraid that certain forms of contraceptive, like the "morning after pill" and IUDs, may be under attack next.

Although there is no current Missouri law that restricts access to these contraceptives, a vote took place last year in the Missouri Senate that would ban them from being payed for by Medicaid. KCUR's Brian Ellison spoke with journalist Tessa Weinberg about why reproductive rights advocates are worried.

Kansas City Today is hosted today by Brian Ellison. It is produced by Byron Love, Trevor Grandin and KCUR Studios and edited by Gabe Rosenberg and Lisa Rodriguez.

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As a host and contributor at KCUR, I seek to create a more informed citizenry and richer community. I want to enlighten and inspire our audience by delivering the information they need with accuracy and urgency, clarifying what’s complicated and teasing out the complexities of what seems simple. I work to craft conversations that reveal realities in our midst and model civil discourse in a divided world. Follow me on Twitter @ptsbrian or email me at brian@kcur.org.
Trevor Grandin is a contributing producer for KCUR Studios.
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