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Abortion Bill Sent to House

February 14, 1996
By: Kimberly Lohman
State Capital Bureau
The House Children's Committee has approved a bill that restricts abortion services in spite of a failed effort to reach a compromise. Kimberly Lohman in Jefferson City has the story. Story:Kimberly Lohman
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Last week, the committee chairman mandated a subcommittee of six women, evenly split on the abortion issue, to come to an agreement. But designated subcommittee chairman Dana Murray told committee members she wrote the so-called compromise by herself. Rep. Sue Shear said she is unsatisfied with the result. Actuality:Rep. Sue Shear
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Contents: I was on the subcommittee and I never had a drop of input into it and I'm sure one of these lobbyists wrote it and they wrote it so it's very subtle and looks like its okay if you read it the first time, but there are little subtle things in there that are completely unacceptable to those of us who do not think that government has a role in the abortion issue.

Regardless of the disputed process, the committee adopted the substitute bill by a vote of eleven to six, coming down along anti- and pro-abortion rights lines.

From the capitol, I'm Kimberly Lohman.

Rolling five anti-abortion bills into one, the House Children's Committee appears to be taking a new approach. Kimberly Lohman in Jefferson City has the story.

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The new bill would not require controversial measures such as forcing women seeking an abortion to consult with a case worker and to verify that they had received counseling. Ron Auer, sponsor of one of the original bills, said the new focus is on safety factors, medical malpractice and licensing facilities. But House Children committee chairman Pat Doherty hints that certain bill sections may be missing from the bill for strategic reasons.

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Actuality:Rep. Pat Doherty
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Contents: Now, that's not to say it's not going to be open season once the bill hits the floor.

In other words, according to Doherty, amendments to the bill will change it dramatically once it hits the floor.

From the capitol, I'm Kimberly Lohman.



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