Missouri lawmakers passed legislation requiring women to have a three-day wait period before having an abortion.
The law would make women, seeking to terminate their pregnancy, wait 72 hours between the time they meet with their doctor and the actual procedure. There is only one clinic in St. Louis that provides abortions in the state. This means that women will either have to stay for three days in the city or travel back and forth. This has some Democrats concerned that the measure will affect low-income women who have problems accessing proper healthcare.
At the conclusion of a very heated debate, the House voted 111-39 to send the bill to Gov. Jay Nixon (D) for final approval. Democrats voted to pass the bill after they made a deal with Republicans to stop filibustering if the GOP promised they would drop other controversial bills.
One contentious point in the bill was that there isn't a provision exempting victims of rape and incest. State Rep. Kevin Elmer, R-Nixa, said that he was defending the rights of the unborn and that life should be protected at "all costs."
TVNL Comment: Women who support these rabid lawmakers need to wake up. This is another tragic law that seeks to control women.