Thursday, May 14, 2009

Schoeller: Anti-Abortion Bill Likely Dead

A bill that would expand Missouri's 24-hour informed consent law for abortions is likely dead, according to Willard Rep. Shane Schoeller.
"The pro-life bill is no longer a reality," Schoeller told The Notebook Thursday evening. He said a Senate severability provision that would exempt a Columbia abortion facility for three years likely killed the bill. "There's not enough consensus to even bring it to the floor," Schoeller said.
"If the new law is struck down, you could keep the exception for that center, so in 2012, if that were to occur, the whole statute goes away. Then you have no 24-hour notice for anyone," explained Schoeller.
The bill passed the Senate, but it ran into trouble in the House because anti-abortion lobbyists complain the bill has been "watered down."
The measure, House Bill 46 & 434, would add newer requirements that must be met at least 24 hours before an abortion can be performed. New materials developed by the Department of Health and Senior Services that detail the risks of an abortion and the development of an "unborn child" at two weeks must be shared with the expectant mother, according to the legislation. The expectant mother must also be allowed to view an ultrasound and hear the heartbeat.
Sen. Rob Mayer of Dexter argues for it;
Sen. Jolie Justus argues against it

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