Missouri House approves bill with three pro-life provisions

By Dave Andrusko

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley

A brief update on developments in Missouri we mentioned late last week.

As we noted at the time, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is aggressively appealing a decision by U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs to block two laws– one requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, the other requiring abortion clinics to meet the requirements of ambulatory surgical centers.

And rather than take Judge Sachs hint that the legislature should revise the law, legislators responded by introducing a new pro-life bill with three components.

On Monday, the House took the first step toward enactment. On a vote of 117-40, the House passed a measure which would require that an adult consenting to a minor’s abortion to notify the other parent in writing of the decision; require random unannounced state inspections of abortion clinics annually; and prohibit the sale or donation of the body parts of aborted babies.

The bill now moves on to the Senate.