Missouri Senate okays 3-day abortion waiting period

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri senators have endorsed legislation that would require a woman wait 72 hours after first seeing a doctor before having an abortion.

Senators approved the legislation 22-9 early Tuesday morning, sending it back to the House. Lawmakers have until 6 p.m. on Friday to pass new legislation.

The measure would triple Missouri’s current one-day waiting period. Utah and South Dakota also require a three-day wait.

Supporters of the legislation say the longer waiting period would offer women more time to think about the possible consequences of having an abortion.

Critics say it would push a woman further into pregnancy before the procedure, which can increase risk.

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10 comments

  • Wendy S.

    A woman has to wait 45 days to get a tubal ligation after signing all the papers so she doesn’t have to worry about getting pregnant, but only has to wait 3 to kill a baby after conception? What’s wrong with this world?

  • Heidi A. Harkrider- Thomas

    some women don’t have that kind of time. I can’t have babies any more and if I where to get pregnant it could kill me. So no I don’t think that women should have to wait. And what about rape victims. Everyone needs to use there brains here. we fought for these rights and now they want to take it away. No I refuse to live in a country where we claim to free but have no rights. Let them do what they want to do.

    • Ken Howell

      Yes, abortion on demand. 3 days is far too long to wait. 24 hours is far too long to wait. Walking from the car or bus stop to get the abortion is far too long to wait. In fact, I support drive-through or drive-in abortions. Maybe house call abortions. There aren’t enough abortions in the US. We need 5 million a year. In fact, I think if the mother is a liberal then it should be a forced abortion.

    • T00

      If you can’t get pregnant because it would be fatal to you, then you need to have your tubes tied, severed, whatever. Your logic behind legalizing instant abortions is not valid. There are multiple, healthy alternatives to you not birthing a child that do not involve abortion. So let’s just nip that argument in the bud right now. By the way, I am pro-life and do not support abortions in ANY circumstance, not even rape. Everything happens for a reason, and if you just have faith in God, He will lead you through it.

  • Ken Howell

    Maybe even some of the abortion houses could run specials, Two Fers like restaurants do. You and a friend could split the cost of an abortion. Hell, the Missouri Lottery could get into the act. Scratch Off Abortion Coupons. Do you liberals like that idea?

  • Linda Estep

    3 days should be the bare minimum of time to contemplate what your decision either way, to abort or not, entails. I am only surprised that it took this long to make such a common-sense move into law.