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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri House members have voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill enacting one of the nation's longest abortion-waiting periods.

The 117-44 vote Wednesday sends the measure to the Senate, where a similar two-thirds majority is needed to complete the veto override.

Republican legislative leaders and abortion opponents have expressed confidence that they will succeed.

The Missouri legislation would require women to wait 72 hours after consulting a doctor before having an abortion. That would be the second most-stringent mandate, behind a similar South Dakota law that can extend even longer because it doesn't count weekends or holidays.

Nixon vetoed the legislation earlier this year. The Democratic governor called it "extreme and disrespectful" to women because it contains no exception for cases of rape or incest.

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