Gov. Nixon Criticizes Abortion Bill for Not Protecting Rape, Incest Victims

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Governor Jay Nixon says he's concerned about the Missouri Legislature's new anti-abortion bill.
Only one state in the country requires women to wait for three days to have an abortion -- even if they are the victim of sexual assault.

That state is South Dakota, not Missouri. But unless Governor Jay Nixon vetoes a bill the Missouri Legislature sent to his desk this week, Missouri will extend its abortion waiting period to 72 hours from 24 hours.

But Nixon doesn't seem too keen on making Missouri the second state in the U.S. to restrict abortion access for violence victims. Nixon released this statement about the bill Thursday afternoon:

House Bill 1307 will get the same comprehensive review given to all bills that reach my desk. However, it is clear that by failing to include an exception for rape and incest, this extreme proposal would separate Missouri from all but one other state in the nation. I have profound concerns about its impact on women and especially the victims of these heinous crimes.

Utah also requires women to wait 72 hours, but the state makes an exception for rape and incest victims.

See also: Will Gov. Nixon Veto the 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period in Missouri?

Nixon dropped a hint -- albeit an enigmatic one -- about vetoing the bill at a press conference earlier this week:

"I've had pretty consistent positions on this. I think everyone knows, obviously, which way I lean on it," Nixon said, according to the Associated Press.

In 2010 and 2011, he allowed two abortion restriction bills to become law by neither vetoing nor signing them, a middle-of-the-road approach that pro-choice activists call "mixed-choice."

On the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in America, a University of Missouri student tried to illustrate how extended waiting periods affect women by waiting 72 hours to testify against it.

"I would like you to be able to trust in my opinions," Dina van der Zalm told the legislative committee. "Since this bill...makes the assumption that women are not capable of making difficult decisions without the aid of politicians requiring additional time -- an additional three days -- to really think it through, then I can only assume that you're not going to legitimately listen [to] or value the opinions I would like to state today."

So the big question now is: Will Nixon veto?

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Wars over. Kelle gave up. I guess the facts overwhelmed her. Lol.

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Ever wonder why you see " proud parent bumper strikers and shirts" yet you never see " I murdered my unborn child today shirts or bumper stickers"? Be proud of your "choice" as you put it.

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

You don't like men or conservative woman. Closed minded liberal. Very predictable.

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

You have no idea what a logical thought is so what's you point ?

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

You have No idea what being pregnant is like. NONE!!!!

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

So no personal responsibility ? Now that's pure liberalism

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

The law is the law. We are a nation of laws. By process we change laws. This is part of the process

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

Who's going to adopt the tens of thousands of kids already waiting in this country?

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

Costs, medical bills, mental stability, and because we don't HAVE to. That's why!

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

It's not murder! Only in countries which RELIgIoN is law. Not here.

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

It's not a woman's issue. It's a human issue. See you are dense

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

It's not a child why are you so illiterate in science, law and biology?!

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Why not carry the child and adopt him/her to a family ?

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

You're obsessed with a WOMANS issue.

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Three days is a mute point. She will kill the child anyway. We both agree on that.

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

You cut and copied someone else's words!!!

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

You can't answer it! Medically necessary??

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

15 Lies of Liberalism Jan. 26, 2013 Liberalism offers up a utopian vision of the world and then invites its practitioners to feel good about themselves for embracing it. Not only does this beautiful fantasy world never come to pass, liberalism fails to address the root causes of the problems it sets out to solve while creating whole new disasters in the process. In other words, it's a never ending circle. There's a problem, liberalism is offered up as the solution, it doesn't work and creates more problems, for which liberalism is offered up as the solution, etc., etc., etc. until you're starving, bankrupt, or your society is tearing itself apart at the seams. Liberalism says that.... 1) ...it's all about choice -- unless you want to choose which gun or lightbulb to use, which school your child will attend, or you’d prefer more freedom and smaller government. 2) ...it cares about the environment, when in practice, not only do liberals like Al Gore live some of the most resource-wasting and ostentatious lifestyles on the planet, but they hurt the environment by blocking environmentally friendly energy production here in favor of energy sources from nations that care little about pollution. 3) ...you can have lots of free government services and somebody else will pay for them. The trillion dollar deficit we're running every year that will have to be paid back says otherwise. 4) ...as long as you use birth control that someone else is forced to pay for, there are no consequences whatsoever to having lots and lots of sex. Meanwhile, more than 50 million children have been killed by their own mothers via abortion and 1 out of every 4 adults in New York City has herpes. 5) .... "government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn." Do you know anyone with crabgrass on his lawn? DO YOU? 6) ...it's all about compassion and taking care of the less fortunate, unless liberals have their own money on the line, in which case they give less to charity than those stingy, greedy, heartless conservatives. 7) ...you shouldn't take your Christian faith seriously, that political correctness matters more than the Bible, and that mocking God has no consequences. Ever heard someone say, “Don't pick fights with people who buy ink by the barrel?” Well, if liberals were smarter, they wouldn't be picking a fight with an omnipotent God who buys lightning bolts by the barrel and has a well earned reputation for getting fed up every once in awhile and dishing out "Old Testament style wrath" on His enemies. 8) ...how much our country spends can be dictated by our wants, as opposed to what we can afford. Of course, if the world really works this way, Greece would be fine, nobody would have ever heard of the word "bankruptcy," and the banks wouldn't even bother to write down your name when you borrow money from them. 9) ...liberals want unity and bipartisanship, which they apparently believe they can accomplish by spewing pure hatred and smearing, demonizing, threatening, and lying about anyone who disagrees with them. 10) ...it’s going to deliver equality of outcomes for everyone, which is true, if by "delivering equality of outcomes" you mean "make everyone poorer." 11) ...it cares about women -- unless they're conservative women, in which case liberals will insult them in the vilest of terms, attack their children, call them whores and laugh and hoot at the most grotesque sexist attacks against them. Every last insult ever hurled at someone like Sandra Fluke probably wouldn't amount to what women like Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Michelle Malkin, and Ann Coulter put up with on any given week with the full support of the same liberals who run off at the mouth about a "war on women." 12) ....it'll help the poor -- and it does. Liberalism helps poor Americans live in ghettos with just enough food and money to survive so they can stay dependent on liberals. It's the same sort of help a farmer gives a chicken while he harvests its eggs and waits for the right time to wring its neck and toss it in the frying pan. 13) ...liberals are the only people who care about black Americans and want to help, which doesn't seem to square with the fact that just about anywhere and everywhere liberals have been in charge for decades, like Detroit or New Orleans, most black Americans are in dire straits. 14) ...small business owners were able to build their businesses because they were lucky. But of course, if that's true, why do we have such a high unemployment rate? Why doesn't everyone who loses his job just set up his business and grab that easy money? Since bankers don't deserve the big salaries they make, why doesn't the Occupy movement set up its own bank and show the "banksters" how it's done? 15) ...you can fix crime by taking away guns, but by definition, the people who will voluntarily give up guns are law abiding citizens who have no intention of committing a crime in the first place. Besides, if that can work, why doesn't Barack Obama set the example by asking his Secret Service to give up their guns

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Why not let the child be adopted ? Must you kill it ?

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Freud would have a special wing for you at a hospital. Not a room. A entire wing.

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

You must have a sad life. Always lying. The only one who loses is the murdered child. Focus. Get off the personal attacks. My you are truly dense in every context of the word. You ignore facts. You make up lies. You try personal attacks. Straight out of the liberal playbook. We all see you for what you are. This is America and you are entitled to your opinion. Yet you curse the very liberty granted to you by the framers. Typical liberal. No logic pure unadulterated hate.

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

Let it go Taliban Scott. You have no merit. Stay out of our lady parts! Focus on yourself and let it go! Lose!

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

You continue to lose. You have no solid basis on why a woman should wait an additional 3 days to have a medically legal procedure done.

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

She's a liar and a religious fanatic. No one takes her seriously... Only you and those like you. Conservative religious fanatics who want to rule law through policies that are religion based and not medically necessary. Go Taliban Scott!

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

I know all about Norma- I've read her stories and saw her documentary from nearly 10 yrs ago. I'm agreeing with the LAW of this country. You are trying to have it outlawed- on YoUR conditions. You are against women's rights. Plain and simple.

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

It's predictable you attack those who don't agree with you. Most of my friends won't contact you due to that fact. I on the other hand cherish showing the world what you are.

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