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Mo. Gov. Has 'Profound Concerns' About 72-Hour Delay Bill

Mo. Gov. Has 'Profound Concerns' About 72-Hour Delay Bill

May 19, 2014 — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) said he has "profound concerns" about legislation (HB 1307/1313) that would increase the state's mandatory delay period before an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours, Reuters reports.

Dixon did not say whether he would veto the measure, which the state House passed on Wednesday (Murphy, Reuters, 5/15).

Survivors of rape and incest would not be exempt from the mandatory delay. However, women with medical emergencies are exempt under the state's current 24-hour mandatory delay and the new legislation.

The bill also includes a provision that would require the state to revert to the 24-hour delay if a court strikes down the 72-hour delay (Women's Health Policy Report, 5/15).

Governor's Comments

In a statement, Nixon noted the Legislature's failure to include an exception for cases of rape or incest, adding that he has "profound concerns about its impact on women and especially the victims of these heinous crimes."

According to Reuters, Nixon last July allowed a bill that requires doctors to be present for medication abortions to become law without his signature; he also has that option with the 72-hour delay bill (Reuters, 5/15).