On Wednesday, October 1, a press conference sponsored by Missouri Right to Life, Speaker Tim Jones and President Pro-Tem Tom Dempsey was held at the Freedom Center in Washington, MO for the ceremonial signing of HB’s 1307 & 1313.
This bill extending the 24 hour reflection period to 72 hours was passed during the regular session with strong bi-partisan support. The Missouri House and Senate then worked in the September veto session with strong bi-partisan support to override Governor Nixon’s veto of this life-saving bill.
The 72-hour reflection period will protect women and save the lives of innocent babies. More women are choosing life and walking into Pregnancy Resource Centers when they have time to reflect about their decision to carry their babies to term or to have an abortion or not.
The increase and protection of a reflection period from 24 to 72 hours will give women more time to really contemplate all their options and review the facts that abortion will have on them both physically and emotionally the rest of their lives, as well as the fact that abortion will take the life of their unborn child.
HB’s 1307 & 1313 will go into effect on Friday, Oct. 10. Missouri will join South Dakota and Utah as the only states in the nation to require a 72-hour reflection period before obtaining an abortion.
We thank our legislators, on both sides of the aisle, for their support of this life-saving legislation both during the regular session and then again in the veto session!