Friday, September 12, 2014

Dem. Gov. Abortion Veto Nixed by Missouri Lawmakers

This week, the Missouri legislature voted to override a veto by Democrat Governor Jay Nixon of a bill requiring a 72-hour waiting period to obtain an abortion, thus extending the current 24-hour "reflection period" for the family.
“We’re talking about the life and death of the unborn child. I’m sure the unborn child probably would like to see an extra 48 hours for the mother to decide on whether or not to have the abortion done.”
-- Senator David Sater (R-Cassville)
For background, read Abortion Clinic Closings Set Record; Abortionists Admit Defeat and are now Forced to Risk All in Supreme Court

Also read Democrat Missouri Gov. Signs Religious Liberty Law

-- From "Missouri Enacts 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period" by David A. Lieb, Associated Press 9/11/14

About half the states, including Missouri, already have abortion waiting periods of 24 hours. Missouri's current one also lacks an exception for cases of rape or incest [as does this new law].

The new law will be the second most-stringent behind South Dakota, where its 72-hour wait can sometimes extend even longer because weekends and holidays are not counted. Utah is the only other state with a 72-hour delay, but it grants exceptions for rape, incest and other circumstances.

Missouri lawmakers specifically rejected an amendment earlier this year that would have granted exceptions for rape and incest. Abortion opponents argued that it would have diminished the value of some lives depending on how they were conceived.

Three Missouri clinics have stopped offering abortions in the past decade, and the number performed in the state has declined by one-third to a little over 5,400 last year.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "72-hour wait for Missouri abortions takes effect next month" by Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times 9/11/14

. . .  during an all-day session focused on legislation vetoed by Nixon, lawmakers in the House on Wednesday easily overrode his veto of the abortion bill. And, although Sen. Jolie Justus (D-Kansas City) tried to filibuster in the Senate late in the evening, the vote to override also succeeded there, although more narrowly.

“In Missouri, we believe life is worth protecting and today’s vote sends a clear message that Missouri intends to defend those who cannot defend themselves,” said Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville), who was a sponsor of the bill. “Another 48 hours could very well be the difference between a life saved and a life ended,” he said.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis also released a statement supporting the waiting period, saying that women are often pressured into having an abortion by family and friends.

Missouri has only one abortion clinic [located in St. Louis], and abortion rights advocates fear that requiring women to travel to the clinic twice to get an abortion could be stressful and cost prohibitive.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Abortionists Battle to Kill Without Clinics

And read Abortion Advocates No Longer 'Pro-choice'