MO Senate Passes Legislation That Extends The 24-Hour Reflection Period To 72-Hours

Missouri Right to Life Press Release

For Immediate Release
May 13, 2014

For Information

The following statement may be attributed to Pam Fichter, President of Missouri Right to Life:

Early this morning the Senate passed SCS HCS HB 1307 & 1313, by a vote of 22 to 9. This bill extends the current 24-hour reflection period after consultation to 72 hours before a woman has an abortion. This extra time will allow a woman to reflect on all her options before deciding to go forward with an abortion. This legislation will save babies and protect women from abortion clinics seeking to make a profit on an abortion.

Abortion ends the life of an unborn baby, a decision that can never be undone. The procedure can also be harmful to the mother. Certainly it can be a life-changing procedure. During this reflection period a woman has time to review all the medical information and the alternatives available if she decides not to abort her child. Among those options is seeking help from Pregnancy Resource Centers and Maternity Homes which serve women in crisis pregnancies by providing help to a woman during her pregnancy and for her and her child after birth.

Missouri Right to Life thanks all the Senate members who voted for SCS HCS HB 1307 & 1313 for their support. We now call upon the members of the House to take up and finally pass the Senate version of the bill. While Missouri Right to Life strongly supports the House language that would have included a video for women to review before an abortion offered by Rep. Linda Black, we recognize that in these final days of the session that the bill cannot be sent back to the Senate.

Sponsors of HB 1307 & 1313 are Reps. Kevin Elmer and Keith Frederick. Sponsor of the senate version of the bill, SB 519 is Senator Sater.

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