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Bill allows doctors to refuse prescribing birth control

Date: February 18, 2013
By: Michael Doudna
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB 84

Intro: 
A bill that allos your doctor could to refuse to prescribe birth control was discussed in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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Wrap: The Committee discussed a bill which would allow health care professionals to opt-out of performing abortion and birth control procedures.

The bill lets medical members opt-out as long as they provide "reasonable notice" of a moral or ethical issue to the procedure.

Executive director of the pro-life Missouri Family Policy Council Joe Ortwerth says that the bill would protect doctors and nurses for keeping their ethical beliefs.

Actuality:  ORTWERTH.WAV
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Description: "This legislation is not intended to stop anything from happening, no matter what people may think about these particular procedures. The notion is to step aside, and allow someone else to do it."

Planned Parenthood Representative Michelle Trupiano says that the bill could put pregnant women at risk.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Michael Doudna.

 

Intro: 
A bill that allows your local doctor to refuse to prescribe birth control was discussed in the Senate Judiciary Committee
RunTime:  0:41
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: The Senate Judiciary Committee heard some Missouri residents express their concerns over the unintended consequences of the bill.

The bill would allow medical personnel to opt-out of abortion and birth control procedures if they provided "reasonable notice" of a religious or ethical issue with the procedure.

Planned Parenthood Representative Michelle Trupiano says that the bill could put pregnant women at risk.

Actuality:  TREPIANO.WAV
Run Time:  00:07
Description: "and rape victims who present in emergency rooms can be denied access to in one of the most vulnerable times of their life."

 Executive director of the pro-life Missouri Family Policy Council says the bill would protect the values of medical personnel.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Michael Doudna


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