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Coercion out of bill, informed consent still in

Date: May 14, 2009
By: Nathan Higgins
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 46, the roll call.

Intro: The Missouri Senate held a late night debate on abortion and passed a bill that would place stricter limitations on abortions.

Nathan Higgins has more from the state Capitol.

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The Missouri Senate passed an abortion bill 25-7 that would require patients take two trips to the doctor to get more information before receiving an abortion .

During the debate, numerous Democratic senators voiced opposition to this bill including St. Louis County Senator Joan Bray.

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Description: "A vote for this bill is a vote for this state to lie to its women in print."

Bray said stricter limitations make women wait longer for abortions and the longer they wait, the more harm they are in.

Bill sponsor Republican Rob Mayer disagreed and said the bill actually helps unborn children and keeps women protected from harm.

From Jefferson City, I'm Nathan Higgins, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.


Intro: During a controversial debate, the Missouri Senate passed an abortion bill that requires women to see doctors twice before the procedure.

Nathan Higgins has more from the state Capitol.

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It was a late night debate and some Democratic senators like Joan Bray voiced their opinion against an abortion bill that the Senate passed.

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Description: "I'm sick of the epic around here that men are pro-life for their wives and pro-choice for their girlfriends."

Bray said stricter limitations on abortions and the number of performed abortions do not correlate. She says the new limitations will harm women.

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Description: "Missouri has the most restrictive abortion laws in the country and as a result, Missouri's women are put in danger when they finally ever do get to have an abortion."

Majority Floor Leader Kevin Engler disagreed and said the correlation that does exist is not a coincidence.

From Jefferson City, I'm Nathan Higgins, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.

 


Intro: The Missouri Senate passed an abortion bill that one senator said would help all parties involved.

Nathan Higgins has more from the state Capitol.

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The bill creates informed consent in which the doctor must give the patient information on the effects of abortion and requires patients to see doctors twice before the procedure.

Bill sponsor Republican Rob Mayer strongly supported the measure which passed 25-7.

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Description: "This legislation is intended to more effectively protect unborn children and keep women from being wounded for life. This additional informed consent legislation can save a woman from years of deep depression."

Democrats opposed to the bill said it will not reduce the amount of abortions and will actually harm women by prolonging the procedure.

The bill now goes back to the House for a vote before it can reach Governor Nixon's desk.

From Jefferson City, I'm Nathan Higgins, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.