Missouri Gov. Nixon vetoes 72-hour reflection period before abortion

 

By Dave Andrusko

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon

While not particularly surprising, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon today vetoed HB 1307, a bill with overwhelming legislative support, a measure that extends the current 24-hour reflection period after consultation to 72 hours before a woman has an abortion.

“Lengthening the already extensive waiting period serves no demonstrable purpose other than to create emotional and financial hardships for women who have undoubtedly already spent considerable time wrestling with perhaps the most difficult decision they may ever have to make,” Nixon said in his veto message.

Contacted by NRL News Today following Nixon’s veto, Pam Fichter, President of Missouri Right to Life, said, Missouri Right to Life “is profoundly disappointed” in the Governor’s veto. Fichter said

“HB 1307 will, when passed over the governor’s veto, extend the current 24-hour reflection period after consultation to 72 hours before a woman has an abortion. This extra time will allow a woman to reflect on all her options before deciding to go forward with an abortion. Governor Nixon has vetoed a bill that would save babies and protect women from abortion clinics seeking to make a profit on an abortion.

“Abortion is a life-changing procedure. It ends the life of an unborn baby; a decision that can never be undone. The procedure can also be harmful to the mother. In making this decision, women need time to review all the medical information and the alternatives available. This bill provides that.

“We urge all pro-life legislators of both political parties to vote to override the Governor’s veto of HB 1307.”

Missouri State Sen. David Sater

Missouri State Sen. David Sater

Republican State Sen. David Sater, who sponsored the bill, accused Nixon of playing politics with the lives of the unborn.

“They are human beings like you and me, and deserve protection under the law,” Sater said. “I firmly believe that most Missourians do not think three days is too much time to decide whether to bring a child into this world.”

Two other states–Utah and South Dakota–have 72 hour reflection periods. Their laws are slightly different than the bill passed overwhelming in Missouri’s state House and state Senate.