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Lawmakers Approve Tougher Abortion Drug Rules

Posted: May 13, 2013 6:13 PM by Associated Press

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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that would require doctors to be present for the initial dose of an abortion-inducing drug.

The House sent the bill to Gov. Jay Nixon on a vote of 115-39 Monday. It cleared the Senate 23-7 last week.

Supporters say the requirement would protect a woman's health and safety by ensuring that the prescribing physician is present. Critics framed it as an effort to restrict abortion.

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