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Odysseus
09-16-2010, 02:09 PM
Missouri abortion clinics will face new mandates to offer women ultrasound images and heartbeats of their fetuses as a result of legislation allowed to become law Wednesday by Gov. Jay Nixon.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

By David A. Lieb, Associated Press
Jefferson City, Mo. (AP) - Missouri abortion clinics will face new mandates to offer women ultrasound images and heartbeats of their fetuses as a result of legislation allowed to become law Wednesday by Gov. Jay Nixon.

The Democratic governor, facing his first decision on an abortion bill, sidestepped a direct endorsement of the new requirements by citing a Missouri constitutional provision allowing bills to become law without the governor's signature.

The legislation is part of a national trend among abortion opponents to encourage women to reconsider their decisions through the use of modern medical technology.

A Planned Parenthood official said legal challenges to other states' laws offering ultrasounds generally have been unsuccessful, and its Missouri clinics are preparing to comply with the law when it takes effect Aug. 28.

But "there are various aspects of this law that are troubling, difficult and are really just intended to make it harder for women to get safe legal abortions," said Paula Gianino, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region.

Missouri law already requires a woman to be told of the physical and psychological risks at least 24 hours before undergoing an abortion. The new law will require consultation in person instead of over the phone and mandate that women receive a description of the "anatomical and physiological characteristics of the unborn child."

It also requires abortion providers to offer women the chance to view an ultrasound and listen to the heartbeat of the fetus. And they will have to supply a state-produced brochure proclaiming: "The life of each human being begins at conception. Abortion will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being."

"We're hoping with that type of information, coupled with a 24-hour waiting period, that fewer women will have abortions in Missouri," said Sam Lee of Campaign Life Missouri.

About 7,400 abortions were performed in Missouri in 2008 at nine clinics or hospitals, according to the latest annual figures available from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. That's up slightly from the previous year but barely one-third of the number performed about 25 years ago. Those figures don't include Missourians who get abortions at clinics in neighboring states.

Read the rest here (http://cnsnews.com/news/article/69443)
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I somehow missed this story when it first came out. I also missed the crying and rending of garments among the NARAL crowd over it.

MountainMan
09-16-2010, 02:17 PM
This is good. The more women who actually get to see the life growing in them, the less abortions there will be.

Zafod
09-16-2010, 03:11 PM
This is good. The more women who actually get to see the life growing in them, the less abortions there will be.

word

Odysseus
09-16-2010, 03:39 PM
This is good. The more women who actually get to see the life growing in them, the less abortions there will be.

Agreed. Although the pro-abortion side will howl about that, which always strikes me as funny. What is wrong with informed consent? I can't get a hangnail fixed without hearing all of the possible consequences, but a woman can have an abortion without any knowledge of the development of her fetus? And if a 24-hour waiting period is a horrible infringement on her rights, then what is a 7-day waiting period for a gun owner?

jediab
09-17-2010, 09:55 AM
If the women of Missouri who love abortion so much hate this law, they are completely free to travel to another state to have the process done. Let Missouri govern themselves.