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Hotly debated partial-birth abortions aren't taking place in Missouri

September 25, 1997
By: Rebecca Sapakie
State Capitol Bureau

Despite all the political rhetoric about partial-birth abortions, none have ever been reported in Missouri. That's the word from the Health Department.

Rebecca Sapakie has the story at the Capitol.

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If a partial-birth abortion has taken place in Missouri, it should be reported to the Health Department. They've seen nothing.

Governor Carnahan and state legislators spent much of the $23,000 a day special session arguing over abortion bills.

Senator Peter Kinder explained why the governor may have added the issue to the special session.

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OutCue: ...switching their votes.
Contents: It was political. He offered people a reason to switch votes.

Meanwhile, a governor's spokesman said the governor's office just wanted to get a bill passed while the issue was still on legislators' minds.

I'm Rebecca Sapakie in Jefferson City.