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Senate passes abortion funding amendment

April 19, 1999
By: Lee McGuire
State Capital Bureau
Links: HB 10

The Missouri Senate has approved an amendment that would eliminate state funding for organizations that provide abortion services. Lee McGuire has the story from Jefferson City.

After six hours of debate that lasted well into the night, the Senate adopted an amendment by St. Louis Senator John Schneider.

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Contents: Schneider says the vote means there will be no more money for abortion services.

Schneider's amendment ups the ante in the ongoing struggle between the administration and the legislature over abortion funding.

Planned Parenthood has been one of Governor Carnahan's biggest campaign contributors.

But Schneider's amendment would virtually guarantee that the organization would get no more money from the state.

With less than a month left in this year's session, the amendment now heads to a conference. In Jefferson City, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.


The Missouri Senate has approved an amendment by St. Louis Senator John Schneider that would ensure no abortion providers will get any state money. Lee McGuire reports from Jefferson City.

Schneider's most outspoken opponent was Democrat Ken Jacob of Boone County. Planned Parenthood has stopped performing abortions in that district, in an effort to qualify for state aid.

In the Senate debate, Schneider sparred with Jacob, arguing the state should stop funding all abortion providers:

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Schneider's amendment now moves to a conference for finalization. In Jefferson City, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.


A victory for abortion opponents in the Missouri Senate last night (Monday). Lee McGuire reports from Jefferson City.

An amendment that tightens a ban on state funding for abortion clinics passed the Senate after six hours of debate.

St. Louis Senator John Schneider's amendment prohibits the state from giving money to any organization that's tied to abortion services.

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Contents: Schneider says it means no money goes to abortion clinics.

The Senate vote is a blow to Governor Carnahan, who's pro-choice and has received substantial campaign support from Planned Parenthood.

A spokesman for the Governor says he's waiting to see what happens to the Senate amendment now that it's moved to conference for finalization. In Jefferson City, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.