Planned Parenthood: "40 Days For Life" Anti-Abortion Protesters Are Harassing Our Patients

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Anti-abortion protesters use disturbing prop pieces in their attempts to dissuade women from getting abortions.
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Last week, two Texas abortion clinics closed because they were not able to meet the new laws enacted last year by the state's legislature. The closures hit close to home for Gianino: The same laws that shut down the Texas clinics have been on Missouri's books for years.

As required by Missouri law, Planned Parenthood is a licensed surgery center, its doctors have admitting privileges at a hospital at least 35 miles away, and patients seeking an abortion must wait 24 hours before the procedure and receive state-mandated counseling.

The same day news broke on the Texas clinics' closings, the Missouri House approved a bill that would triple the state's mandated waiting period to 72 hours.

"The effects of waiting-period laws, whether they are 24 hours or 72 hours, have been studied for decades," says Gianino, who counts 26 anti-choice bills filed this year, what she says is a record number. "They don't decrease abortion. They do increase later abortion."

Clinic staff and doctors spoke to legislators during legislative committee hearings, but to no avail.

"We're very worried," Gianino says. "We're going to do everything we can to stop them from being passed."

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