Mo. Senate Approves Bill Requiring Doctor's Presence During Medication Abortions

May 9, 2013 — The Missouri Senate on Monday passed a bill (HB 400) that would require a physician to be physically present when abortion-inducing drugs are administered, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The bill now returns to the House.

Normally, a woman takes the first drug used for a medication abortion during her visit with the clinician and takes the second drug at home 24 to 48 hours later.

The bill also would require a physician or someone acting on his or her behalf to make a reasonable effort to ensure the woman comes back for a follow-up appointment, unless it has been confirmed that she is no longer pregnant (AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 5/7).