The House Health Care Policy Committee heard testimony this week on HB 1478, sponsored by Kathyrn Swan (R-Cape Girardeau), which would require the state of Missouri to inspect any facility performing abortions four times per year.
Missouri law currently requires any facility performing second or third trimester abortions, or those performing more that five first trimester abortions, to be licensed as an ambulatory surgical center. These ambulatory surgical centers are regulated, but there is presently no inspection requirement.
A companion bill is expected to be heard in the Senate next week. The MCC supports both of these bills, and will be reporting on their progress in the coming weeks.
Posted: March 7, 2104