Missouri House panel endorses video for abortion seekers

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A measure requiring women seeking an abortion to watch a video with information about the procedure and alternatives is moving forward in the Missouri House

A House committee on Tuesday gave initial approval to the first piece of abortion-related legislation this session. It requires the state’s health department to create a video containing state-mandated information about abortion.

The video would have to be shown to the woman at least 72 hours before the abortion. The information already is provided verbally and in a written packet.

Supporters say the additional method of providing the information will ensure women understand it. Opponents say it’s another way to shame and intimidate women seeking to end a pregnancy.