Woman challenges Missouri's 72-hour wait period for abortions

4 years 4 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, September 29 2015 Sep 29, 2015 Tuesday, September 29, 2015 5:22:00 PM CDT September 29, 2015 in News
By: Jenna Middaugh, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - A woman is suing the state over Missouri's mandatory 72-hour-wait period to get an abortion.

Mary Doe, a pseudonym, is a member of the Satanic Temple and is arguing it is against her religion to have to wait to get an abortion. She said she believes she is in charge of her body.

An oral argument took place in court Monday, and no decision was made by the attorney general or judge.

The current law requires Planned Parenthood to give women who want an abortion a booklet that states, "the life of each human being begins at conception. Abortion will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being."

Planned Parenthood is also required to give the woman an ultrasound before having her wait 72 hours before giving her the abortion.

As part of her religion, Doe said she believes a woman's body is "subject to her will alone" and the life of a human being does not begin at conception. She said she doesn't need to read the booklet, because the information is irrelevant in making a decision to get an abortion.

The attorney general's office said it did not have a comment Tuesday evening.

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