If you read anything today about reproductive rights, read “Mission Critical” in the June issue of Marie Claire. It throws the devastating impact of abortion restrictions in stark relief against anti-abortion politicians’ claims of boosting “women’s health.”
“In the past five years, states nationwide have passed an unprecedented number of laws restricting access to abortion — shuttering hundreds of clinics and shrinking the ranks of doctors who provide abortion care... [W]e travel to the Midwest with a physician whose ability to practice is in peril.”
— Kayla Webley, Marie Claire
The real effect that abortion restrictions have on women in Missouri and beyond is shown through the eyes of Dr. Colleen McNicholas, who provides abortions in St. Louis for Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri and also provided for Planned Parenthood of Kansas & Mid-Missouri in Columbia.
“Part of the problem with being so committed and feeling so passionate about an issue is that it's hard to say no... because that means somebody is going without care, and what that means is, they're probably going to have a baby they don't want.
So ultimately, I end up saying, 'I can do one more day.'"
— Dr. Colleen McNicholas, Planned Parenthood
Dr. McNicholas speaks to the high-quality, compassionate care that Planned Parenthood provides to patients despite every obstacle in the health centers’ path. The article also underscores the high stakes in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt and ongoing political attacks on women’s access to care at Planned Parenthood health centers.