Missouri Senate weighs more abortion regulations

2 weeks 10 hours 35 minutes ago June 13, 2017 Jun 13, 2017 Tuesday, June 13 2017 Tuesday, June 13, 2017 10:21:00 AM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are considering requiring annual inspections of abortion clinics as part of a special legislative session called specifically to address abortion issues.

A Missouri Senate committee is scheduled to hear proposals Tuesday, the second day of the special session.

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens announced last week that he was calling lawmakers back to work. The abortion opponent wants new laws regulating the procedure following a recent federal judge's ruling that struck down some state abortion laws.

Among the laws struck down were requirements that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and that clinics meet hospital-like standards for outpatient surgery.

Greitens also wants to undo a St. Louis ordinance that bans discrimination by employers and in housing based on "reproductive health decisions," such as abortions or pregnancies.

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