Missouri’s Right to Life Coalition and Missouri Medical Association oppose the proposed database

Abortion access could hinge on state election results The politics of abortion access in Missouri could hinge on how much support the state’s voters will give a proposal to create a registry that would…

Missouri’s Right to Life Coalition and Missouri Medical Association oppose the proposed database

Abortion access could hinge on state election results

The politics of abortion access in Missouri could hinge on how much support the state’s voters will give a proposal to create a registry that would allow people to search for and obtain information about their health care providers.

The initiative would create a database that would make healthcare providers and insurers aware of individuals’ locations, and would allow them to make appointments with the patients. If Missouri voters are asked to endorse the proposal, they would be asked to approve or reject a state constitutional amendment on the issue. Voters will be asked to approve or reject the proposed amendment in November, 2018. The Missouri Ballot Access Coalition and the Missouri Right to Life Committee have led a statewide campaign to inform voters about the issue, and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is conducting a public poll to gauge voter support.

The proposed amendment is the subject of a law suit filed by the Missouri Medical Association, the Missouri Hospital Association, the Missouri Hospital Association Foundation and several other hospitals and health professional organizations. The suits object to the initiative because the proposed amendment would require public funds to be used to create the database. The ballot initiative would exempt any state or federal funds from the state’s public purpose requirement and require a state-funded public entity to make the database publicly available.

The Missouri Ballot Access Coalition argues that the proposed amendment “will have a substantial effect on the public health for the benefit of patients, the public at large, and the state.” The plaintiffs contend that the database would increase access to reproductive health care for Missouri citizens and increase safety for Missouri residents.

Advocates and opponents of the initiative filed briefs in the suit. One side emphasized that access to reproductive and other health care services is essential to the public’s health, and argued that the database would be a valuable resource for women’s health care providers.

The other side emphasized that access to reproductive care is not as important as access to abortion,

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