Mayor James’ Statement on the Abortion Ban Bill in the Missouri Legislature

May 16, 2019 - KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

Mayor Sly James made the following statement in response to the Missouri Senate advancing a dangerous bill that would ban abortions at eight weeks, with no exception for rape, incest or human trafficking, while also including criminal penalties for non-complying physicians:

Although this legislature has failed to take any positive steps to address the real and everyday problems of women and children, they have decided that they know more about women’s healthcare than women and their doctors. This move is dangerous, relegates women to second-class status, and shows how little women and children are valued by some politicians in this state. To say that a culture of life means treating women as second-class citizens is insulting, draconian and just plain wrong.

Contact: Laura Swinford: 816-513-6579, Laura.Swinford@kcmo.org