Missouri Gov. Greitens Expands Call for Abortion Legislation

Jul 7, 2017

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A spokesman for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says he's expanding his call for lawmakers to pass new abortion restrictions and wants to ensure they hold up in court.

The Republican governor filed a proclamation Wednesday citing additional provisions he didn't explicitly include in his order calling lawmakers back to work last month to address abortion issues.

Among the requests is making it a crime for abortion clinic staff to ask ambulances to respond to calls without sirens or lights.

Greitens' spokesman, Parker Briden, said Thursday that the goal is to ensure additions made to the legislation during debate in the House could survive potential legal challenges.

Senate leaders say the chamber likely won't take up the bill until at least the week of July 24.