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Senate passes abortion bill

April 21, 2005
By: Tim Carnahan
State Capital Bureau
Links: SB2

Parents whose children get an abortion without their permission would be able to sue under a measure passed by the Missouri Senate. Tim Carnahan has more from the state Capitol.

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The Missouri Senate has passed a bill that would allow parents to sue anyone helping their pregnant daughter get an abortion without their consent.

Doctors would only be able to perform abortions within thirty miles of a a hospital at which they can operate.

Bill sponsor Saint Louis County Republican Senator John Loudon says the bill increases safety.

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Contents: "There are provisions in here that are going to enhance safety and bring us closer to what the rest of the industrialized world qualifies as a safe procedure."

The bill would also prohibit spending public money to directly fund abortion services, or facilities counseling abortion as an option.

Opponents to the bill say it is an attempt to end abortion services in Missouri, and prevents victims of incest from safely getting an abortion.

The bill passed by a large majority, including several Democrats.

From the state Capitol, I'm Tim Carnahan.

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Taking a pregnant teen across the border could now result in a lawsuit, under a measure passed by the Missouri Senate. Tim Carnahan has more from the state Capitol.

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The Missouri Senate has passed a bill that would allow a parent to sue anyone assisting their pregnant daughter get an abortion without their consent, even if they get the abortion in another state.

Democratic Saint Louis Senator Joan Bray says the bill hurts women.

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Contents: The bill seeks to make abortions unavaiable in the state of Missouri. Nevertheless, women will exercise their choice to have an abortion. It will just be harder on them, and women will be harmed.

The bill would also prohibit the spending of public money to directly fund abortion services, or facilities counseling abortions as an option.

Doctors would also only be able to perform abortions within thirty miles of a hospital at which they have privileges.

The bill passed by a wide margin, with several Democrats voting for it.

From the state Capitol, I'm Tim Carnahan.