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Several Antiabortion-Rights Measures Pre-Filed in Mo.

December 15, 2014 — Missouri lawmakers have pre-filed seven pieces of legislation aimed at restricting access to abortion, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Background

Last session, state lawmakers filed more than 20 antiabortion-rights measures, but only one eventually became law (HB 1307). The bill, which tripled the mandatory delay period before a woman can obtain an abortion, was enacted after legislators overrode a gubernatorial veto.

Nonetheless, the volume of abortion-related proposals in the Republican-held state Legislature last session suggests that "dozens more are on the way" for this session, according to the Post-Dispatch.

Range of Bills Filed

The pre-filed bills include several types of abortion restrictions. Two bills (HB 81, HB 99) aim to increase parental involvement requirements for a minor seeking an abortion, while another bill (HB 131) would require all abortion patients to obtain written, notarized consent from the man involved in the pregnancy.

In addition, legislators are again seeking to increase inspection requirements (SB 33) for the state's only abortion clinic, a Planned Parenthood facility in St. Louis.

Other proposed measures would allow courts to deny custody to men who attempt to "coerce" a woman into having an abortion (HB 182) and require abortion providers to show women seeking abortions a state-created video (HB 124). Lawmakers are also seeking to bar municipalities from enacting or enforcing ordinances that limit antiabortion-rights groups' free speech or assembly rights (HB 99) and prohibit public funds for projects involving abortion, cloning or "prohibited human research" (HB 151) (Stuckey, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/11).