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      Messages seek to sway Nixon on Mo. abortion bill

      Numerous messages are urging Gov.Nixon to sign legislation that would require doctors be in the room for the initial dose of a drug used in medical abortions.

      Numerous messages are urging Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to sign legislation that would require doctors be in the room for the initial dose of a drug used in medical abortions.

      The Republican-led Legislature approved the legislation. Nixon, a Democrat, has about a month to sign or veto the bill. Otherwise, it will take effect without his signature.

      Many people are seeking to influence Nixon's decision. Supporters of the legislation say it would prevent "telemedicine" abortions and is needed to protect women's health and safety.

      Opponents say the process is safe, and the legislation seems to be more of an attempt to restrict availability of abortion services.