Missouri House Panel Backs Additional Limits On Abortion

5 years 9 months 3 weeks ago February 16, 2011 Feb 16, 2011 Wednesday, February 16 2011 Wednesday, February 16, 2011 9:48:26 PM CST in Continuous News
Source: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A Missouri House committee has endorsed a bill banning abortions of viable fetuses older than 20 weeks except to save the life or physical health of the mother. Wednesday's 9-1 vote by the Health Care Policy Committee sends the bill to the full House.

The measure would require doctors to determine if a fetus older than 20 weeks would survive outside the womb. If the fetus is found to be unviable, a doctor could perform an abortion but would have to report to the state why the child was unviable.

For viable fetuses, a second doctor would have to confirm that the abortion is necessary to save the mother's life or major bodily function before performing the abortion.

 

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