In the early hours of Tuesday morning, following a filibuster led by Sen. Scott Sifton (D-St. Louis) that had stalled the legislature for only a few hours, the Missouri Senate passed a bill to extend the waiting period for a woman seeking an abortion from 24 to 72 hours.
In St. Louis, we’ve always said, “Don’t like the weather? Wait a minute. It’ll change.” Well, the weather is not changing in our floodwater-friendly capitol, where a torrent of anti-choice bills is raining down on our heads. It is simply foul.
Reproductive rights activists help defeat a proposed abortion restriction in Louisiana, while a bunch of new restrictions pop up in states across the country.
If any of the bills passed, Missouri would join Utah and South Dakota as the only states with 72-hour waiting periods.
State Sen. David Sater filed SB 519, which would increase the state’s current 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion to 72 hours, while state Rep. Ron Hicks filed HB 1148, which would make ultrasounds 24 hours prior to an abortion mandatory.
It is now up to the governor to sign or veto the bill. Does he really want to pay for another court challenge?
When legislatures write laws to enforce other laws that the courts have blocked, you know they really just want to ban abortion any way they can.
Why does South Dakota’s new waiting period not include weekends? Because God.
Sorry, folks, weekends and holidays don’t apply.
If the law goes into effect, it will be the nation’s longest waiting period, and other states will be likely to follow suit.