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Legal Controversy Over Abortion Bill

September 11, 1997
By: Tristin Yeager
State Capital Bureau

By extending the special session, Governor Carnahan has extended the debate on partial-birth abortion AND has laid the ground for legal controversy. Tristin Yeager reports from the state capital.

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Carnahan's session extension specifically outlined health consideration in the partial-birth abortion issue. Senator Peter Kinder's bill is identical to the bill Carnahan previously vetoed and falls outside the extension guidelines. Since the bill does not mention health, some legislators believe the bill would be unconstitutional if passed. Senator Kinder explains his re-introduction of the bill.

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Whatever Congressional discussion takes place, the sharp division over the partial-birth abortion issue makes any type of consensus seem unlikely.