Missouri Senate passes annual abortion clinic inspections

1 week 5 days 3 hours ago June 15, 2017 Jun 15, 2017 Thursday, June 15 2017 Thursday, June 15, 2017 4:13:00 AM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri senators have passed legislation to require annual health inspections of abortion clinics and enact other new restrictions on the procedure.

Senators voted 20-8 in favor of the measure early Thursday. The measure now heads to the House.

Lawmakers are considering the policies during a special session centered on abortion that was called by Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, who said he was partly motivated by a federal judge's ruling striking down some state abortion regulations.

If passed by the House, the Senate bill would nullify a St. Louis ordinance banning discrimination in housing and employment based on "reproductive health decisions" such as abortion or pregnancies.

The legislation also would give the state's attorney general new authority to prosecute violations of abortion laws, but only if local prosecutors don't act first.

 

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