Possible 24 Hour Waiting Period for Abortions
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Possible 24 Hour Waiting Period for Abortions

Date: February 18, 2008
By: Amy Becker
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 1058

Intro: Missouri lawmakers were urged to vote yes to a 24 hour waiting period for abortions.

Amy Becker has more from the state capitol.

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Legislation would not only require a 24 hour waiting period for abortions, it would also require information about abortion alternatives to be provided for a woman who is considering an abortion.

Six witnesses testified in favor of the bill, with two of them being mothers who had had abortions but have come to regret their decisions.

Lori Driggs was one of the mothers who now directs a post-abortion program.  She stated the importance of ultrasounds to women considering abortions. 

Actuality:  LORI2.WAV
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Description: 90 plus women who have had abortions just in the last year expressed to me that if they had had an ultrasound that they too believe they would not have aborted their baby.


 

Missouri Planned Parenthood representative Michelle Trupiano said abortion clinics already have a policy of providing ultrasounds to women, however they do not have a set time limit in which they do so.

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Amy Becker, KMOX News.

 

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Intro:  Upon the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Missouri lawmakers are urged to pass legislation that would put a 24 hour waiting period on abortions, a move Planned Parenthood representatives call, "unnecessary."

Amy Becker has more from Jefferson City.

The bill would also require abortion facilities to provide women with ultrasounds prior to the procedure, a move Planned Parenthood representative Michelle Trupiano says is already practiced by abortion institutions, just without a time period.

Trupiano also questioned a portion of the bill that would require the availability of alternative abortion information, saying she fears the information provided by the state would be biased.

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Description: It will only push women farther into pregnancy, it will basically make abortion illegal for a significant portion of women in the state of women in the state of Missouri and it will push women back into pre-Roe days when women took matters into their own hands.


 

One supporter of the bill, Kendra Matthewson, said there is a need of more accurate information in order for a woman to make a decision without future regret.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Amy Becker, KMOX News.