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

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Governor Nixon has 45 days to veto the bill, or else it goes into law.
Planned Parenthood, Missouri's only abortion provider, is asking Governor Jay Nixon to veto a bill passed by the Missouri Legislature that would force women to wait three days before having an abortion.

Women already jump through several hoops to obtain an abortion in Missouri, where the only legal clinic is a Planned Parenthood in St. Louis' Central West End. State law requires women to receive counseling information, sign a consent form declaring their decision to end the pregnancy is free and voluntary, have two health-center appointments and then wait another 24 hours.

See previous: Missouri Senate Passes 72-Hour Waiting Period for Abortions

"This bill is further intrusion of politicians into Missourians' personal lives," says Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. "Governor Nixon must veto this bill and stand firmly with a woman's right to make her own private medical decisions, including the decision of whether to have an abortion, in consultation with her doctor."

Waiting periods before abortions force women to go further into unwanted pregnancies, increasing the risk of unnecessary complications, Planned Parenthood says. Longer waiting periods also make getting an abortion more complicated for women who have to take time off work or arrange childcare to travel to Missouri's only abortion clinic.

Only Utah and South Dakota require women to wait 72 hours.

One Utah couple, Richard and Chantelle Kendall, say the state's mandated delay turned their already-difficult decision to choose abortion into a nightmare. The couple learned at nineteen weeks that their baby would not survive after it was born.

"Because of Utah's 72-hour mandatory delay, I had to wait a week, being pregnant, feeling this baby kick," Chantelle says. "It was such a nightmare. There's nothing that comes close to that kind of pain."

See also: 72 Hours Later: How a Mizzou Student Turned Waiting into an Abortion Rights Protest

Nixon has 45 days to veto the bill, but it's unclear if he'll do so. 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."

Nixon has vetoed legislation that would allow businesses to refuse to offer contraception insurance coverage for religious or moral reasons.

Nixon offered a hint about the possibility of a veto at a press conference 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.

The waiting period bill is only one of more than 30 bills that restrict women's health rights. House Bill 1430 would allow medical staff to refuse health care to women, including denying sexual-assault victims access to emergency contraception. House Bill 1192 requires that both parents be notified before a teen can access abortion services. House Bill 2206 makes it illegal for a doctor to provide an abortion without notarized permission from the woman's partner, even if he is abusive.

"Politicians in Jefferson City have introduced more than 30 bills hostile to women's health this session, and every step of the way, women and men in this state have been organizing to make it crystal clear that politicians should not be involved in a woman's personal medical decision about her pregnancy," says Ron Ellifrits, interim president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.

"Planned Parenthood's supporters across the state are counting on Governor Nixon to push back against the legislature's extreme and intrusive agenda to undermine women's health, and we'll continue to make our voices heard."

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


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128 comments
Courtney Ringle
Courtney Ringle

because, Scott. sometimes when SMART People get so fed up with the crap that people like you puke out of your rotten cake hole. sometimes we cant help but get a touch frustrated.

Stacy Mariebeck
Stacy Mariebeck

With every bit of respect for you--as I fully agree with what you are saying aside from one thing--how is the decision made in haste? I personally have never heard of a place that does same-day abortions; appointments must be made. In addition, it would probably take most women some time to a) schedule time off work, b) budget the money to pay the fee, and c) find a ride to and from the location.

Linda SansSouci
Linda SansSouci

So, you've decided on your own that a fetus incapable of living on its own outside the womb is a "child"? What science or medical knowledge do you have to back that up?

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

In New York City in 2013. More children were murdered than were born. I'd use the term idiots lightly

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Laurie. If you would read a little you would know that in cases of rape incest or the health of a mother like I've said before. Then of course choices need to be made. To just kill an innocent child is murder. Name calling ? Shows us all your intelligence level.

Linda SansSouci
Linda SansSouci

Hope so. Women should not be treated like "idiots who cannot think for themselves."

Elizabeth Jaggie
Elizabeth Jaggie

I am a Democratic woman and Pro CONTRACEPTION but there are only a few instances (some listed above) that would warrant an abortion in my mind....If your baby is wanted and someone injures you and your baby dies, it is considered a Homicide. Abortion is Infanticide and I think waiting 72 hours before deciding whether or not to murder a child is an "inconvenience" that anyone pursuing one should be able to deal with....

Laurie Catanzaro-Vanover
Laurie Catanzaro-Vanover

Wow this Scott guy is a douche. He thinks abortion should be illegal but probably thinks animal abuse is o.k or drinking n drivivng

Laurie Catanzaro-Vanover
Laurie Catanzaro-Vanover

Not good for women like me with life threatening health issues. They could die while waiting

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Paula yet you are entitled to my money to support your decision ? How about being responsible for your actions ? Ya that's just crazy talk. Liberal ass !

Paula Williams
Paula Williams

When you get pregnant Scott, you'll have a say. My body, my decision, not yours.

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

I'll say it again. Make the mother carry the dead child with her at all times for 72 hours after the murder : ) be proud of what you've done.

Rosalind Hagedorn
Rosalind Hagedorn

instead of making women who know they dont want to keep their child wait 72 hrs. they should make women who plan to keep their child listen to a baby crying it's head off for 72 hrs....some women who plan keep the child aren't cut out to be a mothers either.

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

I hope all you abortion supporters are wearing your hanger necklace. Be proud !!

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Name calling. Typical liberal. Just because you think it's ok to murder children I'm in the wrong. "Liberal logic " the true oxymoron.

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Stop forcing your beliefs on us. See that works both ways you dink

Lucas Adams
Lucas Adams

I fucking hope so. Zero point to a waiting period. I imagine it to be torture waiting around for such a very hard situation to be completed and start recovery. Stop forcing your beliefs on others, ya dinks!

Teanna Blair Maddox
Teanna Blair Maddox

Courtney Ringle Lisa Eastman Gutterman ...comparing a singular sperm or egg to a fertilized egg, aka growing human, illustrates your ignorance. what makes u superior to the zygote u support flushing down the sink? were we not all a zygote/fetus/infant once? we all have the same rights and potentials ... are inherently valuable and it doesn't take a diety to know that

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Every 90 seconds a child is murdered at a PPH office in the USA alone. Fact. In 2013 more children were murdered than were born in New York City. Fact.

Jay Rodenhofer Bearden
Jay Rodenhofer Bearden

Get our of our lives and remove thy brain from our butts! Gov't is way over the line and are not doing what they were meant to do from the beginning.

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

What religion condones the murder of children. ? Some bring up the religion aspect. So what religions support abortion ?

Laura Hamm
Laura Hamm

I can point out dozens upon dozens of places in the Bible where "God" condones not only murder, but also murder AND rape of innocent women & children. It also states you cannot cut your hair or shave or wear fiber blends... Clearly you do all of these things. Has any Christian out there actually READ the Bible I wonder?

Teanna Blair Maddox
Teanna Blair Maddox

Courtney Ringle, i believe absolutely in small government...but i think a line needs to drawn when another life is on the line. same as it is a crime to murder rob or harm any other living creature...like that damn goose yall were riled up over yesterday. life is life.

Laura Hamm
Laura Hamm

What is the point of waiting 3 days?

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Have sex. Don't have sex. We don't care. Just be responsible for your actions.

Courtney Ringle
Courtney Ringle

I need someone to explain this to me. Please. How is it, that most of you conservative right wing religious knuckle dragging banjo strumming Neanderthals will shout at the top of your lungs “LESS GOVT INTRUSION!! STAY AWAY FROM MY INSURANCE! NO OBAMACARE! YOU CANT MAKE ME BUY!” and “NSA STOP SPYING ON ME!!” are the EXACT SAME PEOPLE who are consistently sticking their noses in other people’s private lives? Whether it comes to LGBT marriage, and child adoption, to the right to choose… How is this NOT the epitome of hypocrisy? You’re trying to tell the Government THEY can’t tell you what to do, yet you feel you can tell others what they can and cannot do in their own homes, on their own time, just because YOU don’t think it’s right? Or “Moral”? Who are YOU to decide what morality is? You had better make damn sure your hands are clean before you go accusing anyone of being immoral. I fail to see ANY logic behind it and frankly, I think most of you need to get a hobby.

Courtney Ringle
Courtney Ringle

Thats right.. the sperm is just as important as the egg, is it not? Scott could go to jail for performing genocide with a gymsock...

Lisa Eastman Gutterman
Lisa Eastman Gutterman

I am just making a point Scott Shoemaker I don't tell you what to do with your sperm and either does the government. .

Julie Angelica
Julie Angelica

That would be a precursor to abortion! Think of all the potential lives wasted!

Julie Angelica
Julie Angelica

Again, completely illogical. This isn't about strength - it's about whose decision it is to make. Further you've not explained where I've contradicted myself. And as a woman, if you are not a feminist, then what are you except happily subjugated to old patriarchical paradigms? That is fear of change and progress. I am not advocating for abortions. I simply believe in self-sovereignty over such a personal decision. It does not belong in the public domain.

Kristy Cognac Creighton
Kristy Cognac Creighton

He must veto this bill. This state has regressed into religious buffoonery far enough. Keep your Skyman in your church and your home and out of my life and my body.

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Lisa nice talk. Very intelligent. You voted for Barry twice didn't you ? Lmao

Stephanie Peace
Stephanie Peace

He better. I have sent multiple messages both to the house and the senate and to Gov. Nixon to get rid of this provision. Women need to be able to control what happens to them along with their doctors. Government needs to stay out of my reproductive organs!!!

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

I think a three day waiting period is a good idea. It is a big decision. I was 16 and pregnant once and can tell you that people were swirling around me telling me to get an abortion. I was seriously very confused. Now my non-abortion is 24 years old and is the best kid in the whole world. I am pro-choice, but, think that a choice made in haste is usually done on emotion instead of with brain cells. Three days makes no difference.

Jeremy Leath
Jeremy Leath

I say if a women has an abortion just because she can't be responsible their name goes into a data base and will be banned from having children

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

You are such an ignorant fuckhead it's not even funny. Go fuck your mother and then go fuck yourself you closet case sociopath hillbilly motherfucker

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Shut the fuck up your low IQ backwoods chicken fucker, scorn is all you deserve you offensive deliverence looking son of a bitch.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Religion is for weak minded knuckledraggers like your self, keep your medeival  bullshit to yourself you clownshoe maggot

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Or a man's mouth at the local truck stop gloryhole, this piece of shit is a self loathing closet case guaranteed. The mustache doesn't lie.

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