8:23 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Missouri House Sends Abortion 72-Hour Waiting Period To Governor

Floor of the Missouri House on May 14, 2014 during abortion debate.

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 12:28 pm

(Updated 11:40 a.m Thursday, May 15)

After more than an hour of emotional – and often loud – debate, the Missouri House voted to send to the governor a bill that would triple Missouri’s waiting period for abortions to 72 hours from 24 hours.

If approved by Gov. Jay Nixon, the measure would make Missouri only the third state in the nation to mandate a 72-hour wait – and possibly set the stage for a legal challenge.

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8:13 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Missouri Senate debates 3-day abortion wait period

Missouri Capitol
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Missouri's Republican-led Senate has defeated a rape and incest exemption to the state's abortion waiting period.

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4:15 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Missouri's 72-hour abortion wait time bill likely to pass this session

Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, Missouri. The only location in Missouri where a woman may receive abortion services.
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The issue of abortion in Missouri seems like old news. But it's an issue that remains very much at the forefront of Missouri politics this year.  In this year's legislative session, there are over thirty pieces of legislation touching the issue.

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11:30 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Alveda King, niece of MLK, speaks against abortion in talk at MU

Alveda King spoke on Monday, April 28, at MU about her views against abortion. King is the niece of Martin Luther King Jr.
Credit Heather Adams / KBIA

  Political activist Alveda King, the niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, spoke at MU on Monday about what she considers to be the twenty-first century’s civil rights movement – the movement against abortion.

King said she’s been part of the anti-abortion movement since conception – she just didn’t know it yet. Her mother originally wanted to abort her.

“And my grandfather stepped up and said that he had seen me in a dream three years before, and my mother could not abort me because I was going to bless people,” King said.

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Abortion wait times graphic
7:00 am
Tue April 29, 2014

As Missouri considers 72-hour abortion wait time, a look at other states' laws [INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC]

An image of an interactive map showing abortion wait times across the U.S.
Credit Andrew Gibson, KBIA-FM

In March, the Missouri House approved a bill that would extend the state's abortion waiting time to 72 hours from 24 hours. If the measure, HB 1307, becomes law, it would put Missouri in company with South Dakota and Utah as the only states with a 72-hour waiting period.


Listen to this week's of edition of Talking Politics, and Meredith Turk's report on abortion legislation in Missouri:

Proponents of the bill, argue 72 hours is not too much to wait to receive such a procedure.

“I don’t think 72 hours, 3 days is too much time to bring another life into this world or not," said Tim Jones, Missouri  Republican Speaker of the House. Elizabeth Nash, State Issues Manager at the Guttmacher Institute, said it is too much to ask.  

Missouri has just one abortion service provider in St. Louis after Planned Parenthood of Mid-Missouri lost their doctor, who could perform abortions, in 2011. Having just one location where women may receive abortion care, Nash argues the 72-hour wait time would exacerbate the logistical burden on women who need to travel for abortion services, such as travel, day care, housing and taking off work.

"It is probably not going to sway a woman or affect her decision-making, but it can impact her ability to access abortion care entirely," said Nash. 


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8:02 am
Wed March 12, 2014

House passes bill tripling abortion waiting period

Missouri Capitol
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

The Missouri House has approved legislation tripling the waiting time for women to get abortions after first visiting their doctors.

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8:03 am
Tue March 11, 2014

House endorses abortion notification requirement

House floor at the Missouri Capitol
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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would impose an additional requirement on minors who seek abortions.

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8:06 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Mo. House Gives 1st-Round Approval To 72-Hour Waiting Period For Abortions; Senate Version Blocked

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 8:19 am

Legislation that would require a 72-hour waiting period for abortions is moving forward in the Missouri House, while its Senate counterpart is stalled.

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8:13 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Mo. Senate to resume debate on abortion measure

The Senate Majority Leader says legislation to extend Missouri's abortion waiting period will be debated this week.

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5:40 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Mo. Senate debates longer wait for abortions

Credit Kristofor Husted / KBIA News


The Missouri Senate has taken up a proposal to lengthen the waiting period for abortions from the current 24 hours to 72 hours.

The state's informed consent law mandates a waiting period for a woman to have an abortion after initially seeing a doctor. Women with medical emergencies would remain exempt.

The Senate began debate on the bill Wednesday but adjourned for the day without taking a vote. Separate legislation also has been endorsed by a House committee.

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7:57 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Mo. House panel backs 72-hour abortion wait period

Missouri women would have to wait 72 hours to have an abortion after initially seeing a doctor under legislation endorsed by a state House committee.

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5:38 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Mo. lawmakers mull 72-hour abortion waiting time

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Missouri women would have to wait 72 hours after seeing a doctor before an abortion could be performed under legislation being considered by the House Health Care Policy Committee.

The panel heard testimony from supporters Wednesday on how the bill would give women more time to think before terminating a pregnancy. Opponents argued the measure would just be a logistical delay designed to push women further into pregnancy before having an abortion, which can increase risk.

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8:36 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Proposed state legislation would include 72-hour waiting period for abortions

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A Missouri senator is proposing legislation that would require a 72-hour wait before an abortion.

The state currently has a 24-hour informed consent law. Republican David Sater of Cassville says extending that period would provide additional time for reflection. He said he hopes it would reduce the number of abortions.

The legislation has been proposed for the 2014 legislative session starting January 8th.

Opponents contend a longer waiting period would not decrease the number of abortions but simply cause them to happen later in pregnancy, which can increase risk.

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7:56 am
Mon November 4, 2013

How a Texas abortion case could impact Missouri

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The outcome of a Texas abortion dispute could have an impact on Missouri.

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5:25 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Without Nixon signature, Mo. abortion law passes

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

Without his signature, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has allowed legislation that will require doctors to be in the room for the initial dose of a drug used in medication abortions.

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6:55 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Nixon considers abortion bill

Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is considering legislation that would require doctors to be in the room for the initial dose of a drug used in medication abortions.

The Republican-led Legislature approved the measure this year. Supporters say the requirement would prohibit abortions using telemedicine and protect a woman's health and safety by ensuring the prescribing physician is present. Critics, however, say the process is safe and that the legislation is a further effort to restrict access to abortion services in Missouri.

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8:26 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Gov. Nixon considers bills on cash advances, abortion

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New legislation pending before Gov. Jay Nixon could give people running short of money a new alternative for getting some quick cash.

A bill would make it profitable for Missouri-based banks to offer short-term cash advances, similar to payday loans.

Some nationally chartered banks already offer the short-term loans with fees of around $50 on a $500 loan. Missouri law had allowed such loans, but the Missouri Bankers Association says that few banks offered them because the law set the maximum fee too low.

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9:10 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Mo. House OKs tougher abortion drug rules

The Missouri House has endorsed legislation requiring the prescribing doctor to be present when a woman takes any drug to induce an abortion.

The bill received first-round approval 119-41 on Wednesday. It needs another vote to move to the Senate.
Sponsoring House member Jeannie Riddle, a Republican from Mokane, says the legislation is intended to protect women's health and safety. Opponents said the goal appears to be more restriction of abortion.\

8:00 am
Sat February 23, 2013

'After Tiller' delves into complex lives of third-trimester abortion doctors

Dr. Warren Hern meeting with a patient at his Boulder, Colo., clinic. From Martha Shane and Lana Wilson's 'After Tiller,' a documentary about the last four doctors in the US who provide third-trimester abortions.
Photo courtesy Lana Wilson and Martha Shane.

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

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8:03 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Akin repeatedly arrested at 1985 abortion protests

Andrew Yost KBIA

A newly published report says Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin was repeatedly arrested during anti-abortion protests in 1985.

Akin recently acknowledged being arrested once, about 25 years ago, but has declined to discuss additional details.

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8:50 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Akin holds back on details about abortion protest

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Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin has said he was arrested as an abortion protester about 25 years ago, but he's not saying anything more about it.

Akin campaign adviser Rick Tyler said Wednesday that Akin never was charged and the campaign will not release any further details about the incident.

At a news conference last Friday in Kansas City, Akin acknowledged the arrest but did not go into specifics. An aide had said the campaign would release more details later.

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6:46 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

More Akin abortion remarks stir criticism

Kristofor Husted KBIA

Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin is again drawing attention for comments about abortion — this time, for saying that doctors are "giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant."

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Science, Health and Technology
9:00 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Mo. House passes legislation protecting abortion alternatives

The Missouri House has passed legilsation that would bar municipalities from interfering with the day-to-day operations of abortion agency alternatives.
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The Missouri House has passed legislation that would bar local governments from interfering with the day-to-day operations of alternatives to abortion agencies.

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PM Newscasts
6:01 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Newscast for May 9, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • University of Missouri-Kansas City considers a name change
  • Dred Scott honored at Missouri Capitol ceremony
  • Mo. House backs pregnancy center advertising bill
5:50 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Mo. House backs pregnancy center advertising bill

The Missouri House has endorsed legislation barring local governments from regulating the speech and advertising of centers that counsel women on alternatives to abortion.

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