Reproductive Rights

AU And Its Allies Are Defending Abortion Rights In Missouri – And People Are Noticing

  Rob Boston

Last week, Americans United and the National Women’s Law Center filed a major lawsuit in Missouri demonstrating that several state abortion bans force all Missourians to live under the religious views held only by some, thus violating the Missouri Constitution’s church-state separation provisions.

The legal action, filed on behalf of 13 faith leaders from 6 denominations, garnered a lot of attention in state and national media.

Here are some highlights:

For a good summary of the case, see these stories in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Associated Press. For a story that adds some important national context, take a look at this piece in Word&Way, a Baptist publication based in Missouri.

This Washington Post piece by syndicated columnist Ruth Marcus offers a deeper dive into how abortion bans violate church-state separation. Rachel Laser, AU president and CEO, is quoted. And for information about the foundations of the case straight from the source, check out Rachel’s column in The Progressive.

Radio And Television Clips

If you’re looking for some visual/audio material, this clip from KOMU-TV in Columbia, Mo., includes interviews with the Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, one of the plaintiffs in the case, and Laser. This story by the NPR affiliate in St. Louis, contains interviews with some of the plaintiffs. Finally, this KMOX radio broadcast in St. Louis includes an interview with Rachel and Rabbi Jim Bennett of Congregation Shaare Emeth in Creve Coeur, Mo.

These stories just scratch the surface. (The news about the suit even went international!) Many other journalists, bloggers and broadcasters are talking about this case.

Don’t Forget Social Media!

Americans United is also promoting the lawsuit on popular social media platforms. See our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok pages for more. And don’t forget this awesome video of celebrities who have endorsed the litigation. You’re sure to see some familiar faces there. Please share widely!

If you’re a member or supporter of Americans United, you helped make this case possible. Thank you! If you’re not, now is a great time to join.


Americans United & the National Women’s Law Center file suit to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans.

Abortion bans violate the separation of church and state. Americans United and the National Women’s Law Center—the leading experts in religious freedom and gender justice—have joined forces with thirteen clergy from six faith traditions to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans as unconstitutionally imposing one narrow religious doctrine on everyone.

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