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In St. Louis, abortion rights advocates are offering women rides to out-of-state appointments

One advocate is using Twitter to recruit volunteers to give women rides to appointments or money to cover gas, food and a place to stay.

ST. LOUIS — After Missouri’s governor signed a new abortion law last week, and Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday it could lose its license to perform abortions at the last clinic in the state, one abortion rights advocate is stepping up her work even more.

Alison Dreith is using Twitter to recruit a private database of volunteers to give women rides to appointments out of state or money to cover gas, food and a place to stay.

"People wanted to do something. I saw that online, and I thought one way they could give back tangibly was to help patients,” she said.

In less than a week, she said nearly 80 people offered to join her.

"Folks have been connecting me with their friends. It has just been a great outpouring of support,” she said.

But some pro-life advocates would like to see Missouri do away with the last abortion clinic in the state.

"Yeah, It's well overdue. It's time,” Mary Maschmeier said.

Maschmeier founded the group Defenders of the Unborn more than 30 years ago. She helps moms who choose not to have abortions.

"The babies don't - they're human beings. They deserve to live. Same as me, same as you,” she said.

Alison says she knows she can't convince everyone, but that won't stop her.

"This kind of activism really is nothing new, but it's gaining momentum and loudness and that's what's really exciting,” she said.

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