by Steven Ertelt
September 7, 2005
Jefferson City, MO (LifeNews.com) — The Missouri state legislature began its special legislative session on abortion on Tuesday and lawmakers put forward two bills seeking to put new regulations on abortions in place and lower the number that occur in the state each year.
Legislators focused much of their efforts on a bill that would enforce the state’s parental involvement laws and prohibit adults other than a girl’s parents from taking her to another state for a secret abortion. The bill would also make sure abortion practitioners had privileges at a local hospital in case an abortion is botched and the woman needs emergency medical attention.
Rep. Jane Cunningham and Sen. John Loudon each filed similar measures in the House and Senate on those two issues.
"Little girls can’t have their ears pierced without parental consent," said Loudon, a Republican "We’re not going to allow our minor daughters to have abortions" without it.
Governor Matt Blunt called the special session specifically to deal with those two and other related abortion topics.
On the issue of teens, the legislation would prohibit a teenager from getting an abortion in another state without her parents consent. The regulations on abortion practitioners would ensure they can admit patients to local hospitals within a 30 mile radius of their abortion business.
Sen. Joan Bray, a St. Louis Democrat, introduced a pro-abortion bill making the sometimes abortion causing morning after pill more available, which lawmakers will decide today whether or not it should be considered during the short special session.
Blunt began the legislative session with a speech about embryonic stem cell research and he opposes efforts to curb such unproven research. That has put the normally pro-life governor at odds with pro-life groups in the state, which oppose human cloning and embryonic stem cell research.
Hearings on bills are expected to begin today.