In the Missouri House today, the republican controlled chamber approved an amendment to HB 1890 which would make it increasingly difficult for physicians to provide women with the medical care they need and have a right to receive without government intervention.
The amendment, proposed by Rep. Andrew Koenig, R-St. Louis County, was approved 105-40 and would require doctors providing abortion-inducing drugs, such as mifepristone, to purchase between $1 and $3 million in medical malpractice insurance. It would also classify violations of this law as a Class D felony.
Prior to the amendment, the bill's original intent would only have been to require the Oversight Division of the Joint Committee on Legislative Research to analyze the fiscal impact of mandating coverage for treating cancer, eating disorders and infertility to health plans.
During the House debate, Rep. Tishaura Jones, D-St. Louis City, called the amendment "out of scope" and "shameful," saying the amendment's purpose did not align with the bill.
Jones said the bill, overall, would do a study to investigate the the impact of adding the components to health insurance coverage before taking action.
"Since we can't overturn Roe v. Wade, since the Supreme Court won't do it, then of course the state legislatures are going to introduce bills year after year after year to make it more difficult for a woman to make choices related to her body," Jones said.
Thanks to the moderator of MDNnews' twitter feed for ensuring they were brutally, if unintentionally, honest in describing the shamefulness of this amendment.
If you're still on the fence about whether or not there is a war on women, this should serve as yet another demonstration of the fact that republicans will stop at nothing to limit a woman's access to quality health care and the ability to make her own medical decisions privately with her physician.