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Missouri House Considers Tighter Abortion Restrictions


Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri House gave first-round passage today to tighter restrictions on girls and women seeking abortions.

The bill would allow lawsuits against anyone who helps a minor get an abortion without the consent of her parent or a judge.

It also aims to cut down on abortions in rural areas away from major medical centers. Abortion providers would be required to have obstetrical or gynecological privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where the abortion is performed.

The bill also would allow the use of "medical emergency" as a legal defense for providing an abortion to a minor who doesn't have parental consent.

The designation would allow abortions to save the life of the mother or prevent severe injury.