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      House approves extending wait time for abortions

      The Missouri House has approved legislation tripling the waiting time for women to get abortions after first visiting their doctors.

      The bill would extend the amount of time between a woman's doctor visit and her procedure to 72 hours. Missouri now has a 24-hour waiting period.

      The House voted 115-39 on Tuesday to send the bill to the Senate. Missouri would become the third state to enact a three-day waiting period if the bill becomes law.

      Republican supporters say the three-day timeframe was not too much to ask for a woman to think about abortion's consequences. Opponents argue the bill would be a barrier to women and would restrict abortion rights.