House Passes Bill Tripling Abortion Waiting Period
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri House has approved legislation tripling the waiting time for women to get abortions after first visiting their doctors.
The bill would extend the amount of time between a woman's doctor visit and her procedure to 72 hours. Missouri now has a 24-hour waiting period.
The House voted 115-39 on Tuesday to send the bill to the Senate. Missouri would become the third state to enact a three-day waiting period if the bill becomes law.
Republican supporters say the three-day timeframe was not too much to ask for a woman to think about abortion's consequences. Opponents argue the bill would be a barrier to women and would restrict abortion rights.