House passes bill tripling abortion waiting period

Mar 12, 2014

missouri capitol
Missouri Capitol
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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.