Who Gets to Decide the Fate of Embryos? A Missouri Bill Tries to Answer the Difficult Question

Last year, Sophia Vergara’s former fiancé, Nick Loeb, garnered media attention (including a controversial opinion piece in the New York Times) when he sued the actress over two embryos the couple had fertilized during their relationship. The lawsuit, which was not particularly unusual, but notable because it involved…

Missouri Planned Parenthood CEO Won't Be Held In Contempt By State Senate After All

Earlier this month, state senators in Missouri tried to hold the CEO of the state Planned Parenthood affiliate in contempt of court, and threatened her with jail time for refusing to turn over confidential medical information on patients. The Senate announced Thursday they won’t do that, probably because the action…

MO Senate Is Moving to Hold Planned Parenthood President in Contempt for Refusing to Violate HIPAA

State senators in Missouri are trying to hold St. Louis-area Planned Parenthood president Mary Kogut in contempt of court, with the threat of jail time, for refusing to turn over private medical documents, many of which include information protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Missouri Republicans Kill Record-Breaking 39 Hour Filibuster to Approve Anti-Gay Bill

On Monday afternoon at 4 p.m., eight Missouri Democrats began what would turn into the longest filibuster in state history in an attempt to block legislation that would make it constitutionally permissible to discriminate against the LGBT population. Early Wednesday morning, after 39 hours, state Republicans turned to…

Missouri State Rep Files Bill to Put Gun Sales Under Exact Same Restrictions as Abortions  

Missouri State Representative Stacey Newman is deeply concerned about the state’s gun violence, and figures perhaps it might help matters to make guns a little harder to buy. Luckily, she’s got a perfect model right in front of her: Missouri’s abortion restrictions, some of the most onerous in the country.

Missouri's House Speaker Would Really Like Congressmen to Stop Sexually Harassing Interns 

On Friday, Missouri’s House Speaker Todd Richardson (R) recommended that members and staff of the chamber have mandatory sexual harassment training. Though a surprisingly progressive action, Richardson’s decision was in response to two sexual harassment scandals in the chamber this year, both involving interns. “While…