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Legislature to face partial-birth abortion ban in '99 session

December 1, 1998
By: Lee McGuire
State Capital Bureau

Some Missouri Republicans are launching another effort to ban partial-birth abortions. Lee McGuire has more from Jefferson City.

It's an issue state Republicans have been pushing for years, and which came just one vote away from reality despite the governor's veto in 1997.

And next session Southeast Republican Senator Peter Kinder will again sponsor a bill to ban partial-birth abortions:

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Kinder's co-sponsoring that bill with republican senator-elect Sarah Steelman of Rolla. Her successful campaign against incumbant Mike Lybyer hinged on the abortion issue.

Their bill would saddle anyone who performs a partial-birth abortion with a second-degree murder charge and, possibly, life in prison. In Jefferson City, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.


Last month state republican leaders said they wanted to test the Carnahan administration in the next session. Now it appears they plan to keep that promise, as Lee McGuire tells us from Jefferson City.

A handful of political showdowns are already in the works for next session: questions about the end of the transportation department's 15-year plan, debates over where tobacco settlement money will go, and now, another proposal to ban partial birth abortions.

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Southeast Missouri Republican Senator Peter Kinder is introducing that partial-birth abortion bill for the '99 session.

In the '97 session, a similar bill passed the legislature but didn't get beyond Carnahan's veto. It failed by just one vote. But now, Kinder says, there's far more support for the bill. In Jefferson City, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.


For yet another year the state legislature is about to face the issue of partial-birth abortions. Lee McGuire has more from Jefferson City.

Senator-elect Sarah Steelman from Rolla is joining Southeast Missouri republican Peter Kinder in co-sponsoring another bill to ban partial-birth abortions.

Kinder's sponsored this kind of legislation before. In the '97 session, his bill very nearly withstood a Carnahan veto.

But for all the attention the legislature's paid to partial-birth abortions, the state health department says it has no record of any such abortions ever taking place.

But Kinder says that doesn't matter:

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In Jefferson City, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.