Missouri Senate debates 3-day abortion wait period

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri’s Republican-led Senate has defeated a rape and incest exemption to the state’s abortion waiting period.

The party-line 22-9 vote came as lawmakers started debate Tuesday on legislation tripling the state’s mandatory waiting period between an abortion and a woman’s initial medical consultation.

The amendment offered by Senate Democrats would have exempted women who were raped or a victim of incest from the current 24-hour waiting period. The measure pending before the Senate would increase the waiting period to 72 hours. The amendment would have applied to the longer waiting period, as well.

Republicans opposed the exemption and argued that a pregnancy resulting from rape should be treated the same as others. Democratic opponents say crime victims shouldn’t be forced to wait to terminate a pregnancy.

5 comments

  • ByeByeToTheRite

    First, HUGE income tax breaks for the wealthy! (Well, that ALWAYS comes first with Republicans – after all, it’s their primary agenda!)

    Now, guns AND religion!

    Yee-haw!

    That Republican who thinks the unborn child of a violent attack has any “rights” is PROOF himself of why we NEED abortion! The world would have been a better place had HIS mom flushed him down the toilet.

  • Mascoutan

    ByeBye -as demonstrated by your vile, hostile and absurd rants that you post, I would suggest that it’s too bad that your mother wasn’t an ardent supporter of abortion.

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