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Agenda Does Not Yet Include Abortion

September 4, 1997
By: Tristin Yeager
State Capital Bureau

Missouri's governor is offering a compromise to avoid an attempt to overrride his veto of a partial-birth abortion bill. Tristin Yeager reports from the state capital.

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OC: "...banning partial-birth abortions." SOC

The governor's chief spokesman, Chris Sifford, says if a general concensus can be reached outside of chambers, the governor would be willing to add abortion to next week's special legislative session.

Among those urging a solution is the House Majority Leader. Gracia Backer says without a concensus, the issue will remain a legislative headache.

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OC: "...entire session next year."
Contents: Becker says if a consensus is reached, this session would be a good time to deal with the issue, but that if it is not, the issue will most likely take up all of the next legislative session.

But, so far, the legislative sponsor has rejected the governor's compromise proposal -- saying it's not tough enough in banning partial-birth abortions.

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