Missouri Abortion Bill set for House Consideration

SEPTEMBER 8, 2005 - Posted at 8:15 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - The Missouri House prepares to debate legislation imposing more rules on doctors who perform abortions, and people who help minors obtain them.

It's the centerpiece of the special session called by Governor Blunt after lawmakers adjourned in May without approving any new restrictions on abortion.  Both chambers have anti-abortion majorities.

The bill went to the full House yesterday after winning a committe's endorsement.

The measure would let doctors perform abortions only if they have clinical privileges at a hospital within 30 miles that offers obstetric and gynecology care.

Another section would let parents file suit against anyone who helps a minor girl get an abortion in violation of Missouri's parental consent law.

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