September 2, 2006--Posted at 1:05 pm CDT
JEFFERSON CITY- Female professional wrestlers in Missouri won't have to pay for costly pregnancy tests before they compete anymore.
The state Office of Athletics announced yesterday it was changing a rule adopted last year that forced women wrestlers to provide medical proof that they were not pregnant within a week of every match.
The new proposed rule, published in yesterday's Missouri Register, relaxes the requirement. Now female wrestlers will have to prove within two days of a match that they're ``aware of (their) pregnancy status.''
They can use tests from the health department, buy them over-the-counter, or visit a doctor to verify.
But costly paperwork from doctors isn't required anymore, and the new rule doesn't specify how recent the test must be.