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Abortion bill passes first vote in Missouri House

March 8, 2005
By: Victor Roberto
State Capital Bureau
Links: HCS HB 100

A bill placing more restrictions on abortion has passed its first vote in the Missouri House.

Victor Roberto has more from the state Capitol.

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The House bill aims to make it more difficult for Missouri minors to get abortions in Illinois.

The bill also penalizes anyone who helps minors get abortions across state lines.

Supporters of the bill say it will close a loophole in Missouri law.

The bill's sponsor, St. Louis County Republican Representative Jane Cunningham held her ground during the four-hour long debate.

But St. Louis County Democratic Representative Maria Chappelle-Nadal says the bill would do nothing to reduce the demand for abortions.

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Contents: Prevention and education is key. House Bill 100 limits access to prevention and education.

The bill still faces another vote in the House before it moves to the Senate.

From the state Capitol, I'm Victor Roberto.

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A bill placing more regulations on abortions has cleared another hurdle in the Missouri House.

Victor Roberto has more from the state Capitol.

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The House bill is trying to make it more difficult for Missouri teenagers to get abortions in other states.

Missouri requires parental consent for minors wanting abortions.

But states like Illinois don't, so many Missouri teens go to clinics just across the border.

Supporters of the bill say hundreds of Missourians get abortions in Illinois each year.

St. Louis County Republican Representative Jane Cunningham says it is wrong for minors to avoid Missouri's laws.

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Contents: We pass a law in Missouri because we have that value, and for people to get around that is wrong. So we need to close that loophole.

The bill must pass another vote in the House before the Senate gets a chance to debate it.

From the state Capitol, I'm Victor Roberto.

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