Missouri House Committee OKs Bill for Pre-Abortion Ultrasound, Waiting Period
by Steven Ertelt
May 4, 2010
Jefferson City, MO (LifeNews.com) — The Missouri state House approved a bill that would provide women the ability to see an ultrasound of their unborn child before an abortion is done.
The measure, less broad than a previous House-approved version, also gives women considering abortions 24 hours to reflect on the ultrasound and information they would receive on fetal development.
SB 793 also contains an amendment sponsored by Sen. Scott Rupp to make is to Missouri can opt out of some of the abortion funding under the Obama-signed health care bill.
The House General Laws Committee signed off on the bill and made no changes to it. Should the full House approve the bill, it will go to pro-abortion Gov. Jay Nixon, who will be lobbied heavily by pro-life groups to sign it.
The House-approved measure is broader than the Senate’s version in that it would also create the crime of coercing an abortion and would require abortion centers to inform prosecutors when a teenager is having an abortion so they can prosecute the rapist.
The full House voted 113-37 in favor of the legislation on its side.
Sen. Robert Mayer, a Republican from Dexter, is the lead sponsor of the Senate bill. It would provide women considering abortion with information on pregnancy resource centers, maternity homes and other agencies that provide alternatives to abortion.
The Missouri Catholic Conference, Missouri Right to Life and other pro-life groups support the bill.
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