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Kansas City Mayor on abortion access and gun laws

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas joins Washington Post Live on Thursday, Aug. 4. (Video: The Washington Post)
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As cities and states respond to the reversal of Roe v. Wade, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas recently introduced legislation to allow city employees to be reimbursed for out-of-state health-care-related travel expenses. Missouri is among several states that banned most abortion procedures after the Supreme Court’s decision. Join Washington Post associate editor Jonathan Capehart for a conversation with Lucas about abortion access and his push for tougher gun laws as the country continues to deal with rising violent crime and mass shootings.

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Highlights

I do think that access to reproductive justice is a core human rights issue. This is something where anyone who has an opportunity to make difference, I think should… I think that we will see abortion policy changing in a lot of red and purple states over the months and years ahead because folks are activated. They don't want state control of their bodies and their choices and I'm proud of Kansans for doing that.” - Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas (Video: Washington Post Live)
“I think it’s just fundamentally important that we do this because we need to make a difference... I have a true concern for the people getting killed in our city each and every day. A city of our size, having about 165, 170 murders a year means that the impact each year is in thousands of people… It is important that we take every step we can… My ultimate goal is that we have transparency, that we have truth and that we make sure that gun manufacturers actually follow the laws.” - Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas (Video: Washington Post Live)
“In terms of making way for new leaders, I think you are seeing that organically in any number of Democratic primaries… What you see on the Democratic side is diversity, not just in age... but… ethnic diversity, sexual orientation… Whereas on the right I don't think you see in any way, any interest in representing America at large. And so, it’s not so much that there’s a problem with Democrats, I think there’s a problem with the other side. In terms of why can’t they actually start to look more like America and allow us to have real conversations about policies, rather than just culture war fights. Which is largely what I’ve seen the Republican party do for the last few years.” - Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas (Video: Washington Post Live)

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas


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