Abortion: Would GOP Bill Make It Harder For Missouri Women To Access Services?

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The abortion pill.
It's the final weeks of the legislative session -- and Missouri lawmakers are ensuring there will be at least one more abortion fight.

Planned Parenthood says that a bill that advanced this week could make it more difficult for women in the state to access the "abortion pill." The measure would establish new requirements for the use of RU-486, also called mifepristone, or any other "abortion-inducing drugs."

"This is the legislature, once again, thinking their job is to practice medicine, thinking that their job is to create as many barriers and hurdles as possible that they can put in front of women," Paula Gianino, president of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, tells Daily RFT.

What would the legislation change -- and does it have a shot of becoming law?

House Bill 400, sponsored by Republican State Rep. Jeanie Riddle, made it out of the House to the Senate, where, yesterday, it was given final passage by a vote of 23-7.

Riddle did not respond to a request for comment from Daily RFT yesterday afternoon. We'll update if we get a chance to speak with her.

As written, HB 400, a fairly short bill, says:

When RU-486 (mifepristone) or any drug or chemical is used for the purpose of inducing an abortion, the drug or chemical shall be administered in the same room and in the physical presence of the physician who prescribed, dispensed, or otherwise provided the drug or chemical to the patient.

While it may sound fairly simple, Gianino says, if made into law, it would pose serious challenges for women who have chosen this method of abortion with a pill.

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Rep. Jeanie Riddle.

She explains that this option requires a first pill that a woman takes at a clinic followed by a second medicine, called misoprostol, which is taken up to three days after the abortion pill. That typically happens at home.

Health-care providers give instructions on this second step.

If Missouri mandated that this second component take place in the presence of the physician, it would put in place unnecessary difficulties for women, she argues.

"They just want to impose more burdens and make it harder to access these services," she says, adding, "we already have every possible law and barrier in place."

Part of the problem, Gianino argues, is that about one out of every five of their patients travels more than 100 miles to get there -- meaning a return trip to take the second pill could be very difficult.

Continue for more from Planned Parenthood and the full draft bill.

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Republicans LOVE abortion. That's their little cottage industry - talking it up, scaring people, increasing the divisiveness in the country, getting you to vote on this one issue and taking your money. Without out it voters would see what their policies really are about - giving the rich the rest of your money and letting Big Business destroy the middle class by shipping the GOOD jobs overseas with tax breaks. The WAR ON WOMEN will go on unabated until they are thrown out.


@jumpinjezebel     I'm so grateful for your comment.  What this article fails to describe is why these politicians are doing this in the first place.  It's also noteworthy that this bill was not a hard fight as it has received a super-majority in both the House and Senate.

The bill is being put into place to avoid the horrible system in Iowa that allows doctors to meet with these women over a computer web-cam.  After a brief conversation with this doctor who could be anywhere in the country he presses a button opening a drawer that dispenses this very strong drug.

With any strong drug there can be complications, and if this woman requires further medical examination or treatment she will be forced to go to an Emergency Room rather than to the doctor that first prescribed this medication.

This law is being put in place to protect Missouri citizens from this practice that has been implemented in other states, thus the overwhelming support in both chambers of congress.

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Here is another story on this subject from a different angle.

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