On Wednesday this week, the Missouri Senate took up SB 519 for debate on the floor for the first time. Sponsored by Senator David Sater (R-Casville), SB 519 which would increase the waiting period for having an abortion from 24-hours to 72-hours and is expected to face significant opposition from abortion supporters.
In 1992 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Pennsylvania’s 24-hour waiting period, stating that it “helps ensure that the woman’s decision to abort is a well-considered one and reasonably furthers the state’s legitimate interest in maternal health and in the unborn life of the fetus.” No federal court has yet to consider the constitutionality of a 72-hour waiting period.
Several countries in Western Europe have 72-hour or longer waiting periods, and also lower abortion rates than the U.S.
Posted: February 21, 2014