Senate OKs bill to expand abortion waiting period
Thu, 22 Apr 2010 23:12:08 GMT —
The Missouri Senate signed off on legislation that expands the requirements of the state's 24-hour waiting period for abortions.
The bill would require abortion clinics to give women specific details about the development of fetuses and offer them a chance to see an ultrasound and listen to a heartbeat.
The legislation goes to the House, which, earlier this year, passed its own version of a bill expanding the informed consent law.
The House bill goes much farther, making it a crime to coerce a woman into having an abortion and requiring abortion clinics to tell prosecutors when teenagers seek abortions.
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