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Missouri won't let pregnant people get a divorce

Missouri is one of just four states where people aren’t allowed to get a divorce while they're pregnant. Advocates worry the law prevents people in domestic violence situations from being able to leave. State Rep. Ashley Aune, a Democrat from Kansas City, wants to change that.

One of the requirements for a divorce in Missouri is that no one in the relationship is pregnant. The statute was intended to protect child support payments in case of a divorce, but critics say it doesn’t take abuse from either party into consideration.

Missouri state Rep. Ashley Aune represents the 14th District in Kansas City’s Northlands, and she introduced a bill to allow divorces if a person is pregnant. Up To Date’s Steve Kraske spoke with Aune about the issue and its prospects in the legislature.

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