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Friday, July 16, 2010

Missouri governor lets abortion law take effect

New mandates now require abortion clinics to offer women the opportunity to see ultrasound images and listen to fetal heartbeats as a result legislation in Missouri that was allowed to become law this week by Governor Jay Nixon.  Governor Nixon, instead of signing or vetoing the bill, let the bill become law by not taking any stand on it, in light of Missouri constitutional provision allowing bills to become laws without the governor's signature.

"The legislation is part of a national trend among abortion opponents to encourage women to reconsider their decisions through the use of modern medical technology.
A Planned Parenthood official said legal challenges to other states' laws offering ultrasounds generally have been unsuccessful, and its Missouri clinics are preparing to comply with the law when it takes effect Aug. 28.

"But "there are various aspects of this law that are troubling, difficult and are really just intended to make it harder for women to get safe legal abortions," said Paula Gianino, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region.

"Missouri law already requires a woman to be told of the physical and psychological risks at least 24 hours before undergoing an abortion. The new law will require consultation in person instead of over the phone and mandate that women receive a description of the "anatomical and physiological characteristics of the unborn child."
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