Springfield Rep. Bob Dixon introduced a House Resolution that expresses strong opposition to the federal "Freedom of Choice Act," also known as FOCA.
FOCA would codify a woman's right to choose an abortion, and could override state restrictions. 110 members of the House have co-sponsored the legislation. A separate resolution has been filed in the Senate.
"The vast majority of Missourians will agree that any federal legislation that would encourage partial-birth abortion or invalidate any current state laws dealing with partial-birth abortion should never be given serious consideration," said Rep. Dixon. "We hope to send a message to our federal delegation that we are counting on them to do the right thing."
FOCA legislation has not yet been introduced in Congress, but President Obama has indicated his support for the measure.
If passed and signed into federal law, Dixon believes FOCA would invalidate such laws on parental consent and health and safety requirements for abortion clinics.