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A law in Missouri says that a judge can delay divorce finalization if one of the parties is pregnant. This law keeps pregnant people locked in relationships regardless of any circumstances. According to the law, a custody agreement needs to be reached before a divorce happens, but custody agreements cannot happen or be placed until a child is born.

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In the aftermath of the overturning of Roe V. Wade, this is especially terrifying as Missouri was the first state to outlaw abortion with zero exceptions after Roe v. Wade was overturned. These two forces are now working to trap pregnant people in the state into possible abusive and fatal positions.

Unfortunately, Missouri is not even the only state that has these misogynistic laws. Arizona, Arkansas, and Texas all have similar laws that take away these essential rights from a pregnant person. Leaving the decision up to states about freedom and autonomy is extremely dangerous! Congress has already codified marriage types into law, why haven’t they done the same for divorce rights?

Sign this petition to demand Congress codify the right to a divorce at any time, regardless of pregnancy status!

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