Lawmakers debate over the issue of coercion for abortion
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Lawmakers debate over the issue of coercion for abortion

Date: February 19, 2008
By: Suvro Banerji
State Capitol Bureau
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HB 1831

Intro: Missouri legislators urge changes regarding consent requirements for obtaining an abortion in a House Committee meeting on health care policy. Suvro Banerji (SUE-vro BAN-er-gee) has more from the State Capitol...  RunTime:0:44
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A bill would require at least a 24-hour period for an abortion and it cannot be performed or induced without voluntary and uncoerced consent of the woman.

Sponsor of the bill Robert Onder stressed on the importance of the state's duty to protect women from vulnerable circumstances.

 

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Description: "The law is really to protect the weak from the strong and women regularly find themselves in a very vulnerable situation when they are faced with an unplanned pregnancy."

But critics said that this bill will invade the physician-patient relationship.

The bill would also require objective and unbiased information about abortion alternatives to be provided for a woman who is considering an abortion.

From Jefferson City, this is Suvro Banerji, KMOX News.