New abortion clinic regulations will be law

Elias Hubbard
July 28, 2017

We are especially grateful to Governor Greitens for calling this special session and for his support of this strong pro-life legislation.

The second special session cost Missouri taxpayers an estimated $151,000, according to House and Senate tabulations.

The bill requires annual, unannounced inspections of abortion clinics and gives the attorney general the same authority as local prosecutors to investigate abortion clinics.

It's not yet clear how this bill will impact services at abortion clinics. The measure passed Tuesday would limit that to doctors who refer women to receive abortions or the physicians performing abortions. The bill passed by legislature acknowledges and protects the right of an "alternatives to abortion" agency to operate freely and engage in speech without governmental interference, and the right of a person not to be compelled by the government to participate in abortion contrary to his or her religious beliefs or moral convictions. That was specifically championed by Greitens earlier this summer.

"Today is a great victory for pregnancy care centers that help women and children all over the state", Greitens said in a news release. It said in part: "This emergency session was a political theater for a governor who cares more about grooming himself for higher office than the health and well-being of women across Missouri".

Missouri senators voted 20-11 Tuesday to adopt Senate Bill 5, which creates stricter rules for abortion procedures and clinics. The proposed law also includes additional requirements for pathologists doing tests on fetal tissue and adds protections for state-funded "pregnancy resource centers" that openly attempt to divert and discourage women from seeking abortion.

But Democrats like Sen. "Women in Missouri already face some of nation's most burdensome restrictions when it comes to accessing reproductive health care". In fact, in an earlier interview with public radio reporters Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies, Koenig admitted that the requirement for abortion doctors to personally meet with patients could make it more hard for Planned Parenthood to open clinics across the state, and thus reduce women's access to a right upheld in numerous court battles and in the U.S. Supreme Court. Planned Parenthood's St. Louis clinic is now its only facility that performs abortions, but the agency is preparing to open clinics in Joplin, Kansas City and Springfield and reopen one in Columbia.

"I know that as soon as I walk through those glass doors, I know that my questions will be answered in a fact-based, a non scare-tactic way", said Lindsay Maldonado, Planned Parenthood patient.

Both days of debate exposed sources of conflict among the two parties.

Opponents of a conference said there was no reason to send it back for more discussions because most senators agree with the House's version and sending it back would only delay its passage.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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