By a vote great enough to over-ride a governor's veto, the Missouri House gave first-round approval to a measure that bans partial birth abortion but has no exception for the mother's health, just like the bill the governor vetoed last year.
Missy Shelton has more from Jefferson City.
Federal courts in other states have thrown out legislation similar to the partial birth abortion bill in the Missouri House.
The courts have said the measures are unconstitutional because they lack an exception for the health of the mother.
Tim Harlan, a Democrat from Columbia, said he thinks the legislature needs to consider that.
The measure faces another vote before it goes to the Senate.
Missy Shelton has details from Jefferson City.
Joan Bray, a Democrat from St Louis County, presented an amendment that would have allowed doctors to perform partial birth abortions if the health of the mother was at risk.
But the House rejected the amendment.
The lack of this health provision in last year's bill prompted the governor's veto.
Bill Luetkenhaus is sponsoring the measure and said he opposed the amendment.
The House must vote on the measure again before it goes to the Senate.
Tim Harlan said he believed the courts would call the bill unconstitutional because there is no exception for the mother's health.
Kate Hollingsworth said she wanted to see clearer language that could not be misunderstood by doctors and courts.
Bill Luetkenhaus is the sponsor of the bill.
The House votes on the measure one more time before sending it to the Senate.