Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Triple Waiting Period For Women Seeking Abortion

Published 07/02 2014 01:27PM

Updated 07/02 2014 05:30PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill passed by the state legislature in its recent session that would have tripled the waiting period for women seeking abortion for women in the state.

House Bill 1307 would “unnecessarily prolong the suffering of rape and incest victims and jeopardize the health and wellbeing of women,” Nixon said.

“By failing to include an exception for rape and incest, House Bill 1307 demonstrates a callous disregard for women who find themselves in horrific circumstances and would make Missouri one of just two states in the nation to take such an extreme step.  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.”

Cassville Senator David Sater, Senate sponsor of the legislation said he is disappointed with the veto.

He issued a statement saying abortion, “is an irreversible and permanent decision, and taking the time to think about the consequences is not unreasonable or a burden.”

Sater says the law would not change the availability for victims of rape of medical treatment of contraception.

The governor also vetoed three other bills today and signed seven others into law.

Vetoed bills were:

Senate Bill 593, which would have limited the rights of Missouri citizens to support write-in candidates.

House Bill 1261, which would have provided immunity from civil and criminal liability for the improper disclosure of personally identifiable taxpayer information.

House Bill 1999, which was intended to create a system by which liens on motor vehicle titles could be released electronically, but contains a drafting error.

The Governor signed:

House Bill 1085, which expands library record privacy to include digital resources and materials.

House Bill 1298, which is a revision bill that repeals various expired, obsolete, ineffective, and sunset provisions of statutes as identified by the Joint Committee on Legislative Research.

House Bill 1299, which is a revision bill that codifies executive branch reorganizations.

House Bill 1303, which establishes the Missouri Student Religious Liberties Act, prohibiting a school district from discriminating against a student or parent on the basis of a religious viewpoint or expression.

House Bill 1594, which allows for volunteer labor on public works projects.

House Bill 2077, which creates the Surplus Revenue Fund.

Senate Bill 504, which requires state agencies to make proposed rules available to the public by providing a hyperlink on their web page including a summary, full text of the rule, and a fiscal note for each proposed rule, as well as a link to the Missouri Register and all material incorporated by reference.

Senate Bill 525, which allows a nonprofit organization to prepare food, in a private home or other area, for distribution to the end consumer at a charitable fundraising event.

Senate Bill 643, which relates to the publication of Missouri statutes.

Senate Bill 745, an omnibus firearms and law enforcement bill, which, among its many provisions, adds special prosecutors to the list of individuals allowed to carry a concealed weapon in certain circumstances.

Senate Bill 785, allows Missouri residents to obtain a temporary boating safety identification card.

Senate Bill 796, which establishes a procedure for a recorder of deeds to issue a marriage license if one of the applicants is incarcerated or in the military on active duty.

Senate Bill 812, which requires the Department of Economic Development to open an office in Israel, subject to appropriation.

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