72-Hour Waiting Period for Abortion Debated in the General Assembly

This week, both the Missouri House and the Missouri Senate debated legislation that would require a woman seeking an abortion to wait 72-hours before going forward with the life-ending procedure.  The bills were hotly contested by pro-abortion legislators who oppose the measure.

The House version of the bill, HCS HBs 1307 & 1313, sponsored Representative Kevin Elmer (R-Nixa), was given first round approval by the Missouri House. The bill is one vote short of passage before the bill can be sent to the Missouri Senate for consideration.

Meanwhile, the Senate has its own version of the 72-hour waiting period proposal, which is SB 519 sponsored by Senator David Sater (R-Cassville). Wednesday night pro-abortion Senators filibustered the bill when it came up for debate. You can help by contacting your Sentator by clicking here.

Senate Majority Floor Leader, Ron Richard (R-Joplin), has indicated he might consider ending debate and bringing SB 519 to a vote if necessary, a procedure rarely used in the Missouri Senate over the last few years.  See article.  The MCC will keep you posted on the progress of these bills.
Posted: March 7, 2014

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