Missouri Legislature Passes 72-Hour Waiting Period Bill


The Missouri House of Representatives voted Wednesday on final passage of a bill that would extend the mandatory waiting period for an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours.

The senate passed HB 1307 in the early morning hours on Tuesday, after Republican lawmakers struck a deal to break a Democrat filibuster. Because of amendments added to the bill in the senate, it had to be sent back to the house for one final vote. Lawmakers passed the bill 111 to 39.

During the floor debate, bill sponsor Rep. Kevin Elmer (R-Nixa) spoke against allowing an exception for victims of rape or incest to be inserted into the bill. “For me, even though that tragic situation may occur, I still believe that God is at work in this world and that he’ll let bad things happen and he doesn’t cause it,” said Elmer.

The amendment, proposed by Rep. Genise Montecillo (D-St. Louis), was rejected. Montecillo chastised her male colleagues for not respecting women. “It is about time we started trusting women and letting them make their own decision,” said Montecillo.

The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon for signature or veto.

Sen. Jolie Justus (D-Kansas City) told an NPR affiliate in Columbia that Democrats are hoping Nixon vetoes the legislation, even though the senate could override the veto. Nixon has given few clues as to his intentions.

If Nixon signs the bill, Missouri will join South Dakota and Utah as the only states in the nation that require women to wait three days before they can terminate a pregnancy.

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  • Shan

    “During the floor debate, bill sponsor Rep. Kevin Elmer (R-Nixa) spoke against allowing an exception for victims of rape or incest to be inserted into the bill. “For me, even though that tragic situation may occur, I still believe that God is at work in this world and that he’ll let bad things happen and he doesn’t cause it,” said Elmer.

    While I do respect the position of people who call themselves “pro-life” and have the intellectual honesty to reject rape/incest exceptions to abortion restrictions (even though I disagree), I don’t think Elmer’s justification falls into that category. By claiming that it’s “God’s will” when a rape victim gets pregnant and then using that as an excuse to justify restricting access to abortion, he’s gone to a very different place.

    • lady_black

      For a moment there I was thinking it was Mourdock.

    • Ella Warnock

      Elmer’s constituency includes women who don’t give a flying f*ck about his rapey invisible (imaginary) wizard buddy. Yeah, I think I’ll NOT make life decisions based on your own personal version of an invisible, human sized rabbit named Harvey.

  • lady_black

    More rape Tourette Syndrome from the right.