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Governor Nixon vetoes abortion waiting period

Jefferson City, MO (KTRS) – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed a bill that would have required a 72-hour waiting period for women before getting an abortion. Nixon said the legislation did not include an exception for rape and incest. The measure would’ve made Missouri just the third state to require a 72-hour waiting period, along […]

Governor Nixon vetoes abortion waiting period

Jefferson City, MO (KTRS) – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed a bill that would have required a 72-hour waiting period for women before getting an abortion.

Nixon said the legislation did not include an exception for rape and incest. The measure would’ve made Missouri just the third state to require a 72-hour waiting period, along with South Dakota and Utah. Utah’s law includes an exception for rape and incest victims, and people under age 14.

Missouri law already requires a woman to wait 24-hours after consulting a physician before they can have the procedure.

Lawmakers may attempt an override–the bill passed with enough votes to reverse the veto in the House and was one vote short of a supermajority in the Senate.

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Written by Colin Jeffery

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