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Mo. lawmakers to sponsor legislation to eliminate abortion restrictions

Missouri Sen. Jill Schupp (D) plans to propose bills during the next legislative session to roll back some of the state's restrictions on abortion care, Ozarks First reports.

The effort follows the Supreme Court's decision in June to strike down provisions in an omnibus antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) in Texas.

Legislation details

According to Ozark First, Schupp's bills would eliminate three major restrictions on abortion.

Specifically, they would repeal the state's 72-hour mandatory delay (HR 1307) before an abortion, roll back requirements that abortion providers have admitting privileges at local hospitals and end a mandate that abortion clinics meet the same building standards as ambulatory surgical centers. According to Ozark First, the Supreme Court in its June ruling struck down similar provisions for ambulatory surgical center building requirements and admitting privileges.

Schupp said, "Now that we've had that precedent spelled out for us, we have some provisions in Missouri law that I know are absolutely obstacles put in place in order to prevent or make if very, very difficult for a woman to access her reproductive rights."

She added, "Putting an obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion, is an undue burden and it violates the constitution" (Ozarks First, 11/22).