Missouri panel passes abortion restrictions
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) Physicians prescribing abortion-inducing drugs could face greater requirements than doctors who are performing surgical abortions under legislation that won preliminary approval Tuesday in the state House.
Missouri law already requires a woman to wait 24 hours after consulting a physician or qualified professional before having an abortion performed.
The bill endorsed by the House would require a doctor not a nurse or other medical professional to perform a physical examination of the woman at least 24 hours before prescribing the abortion-inducing drug mifepristone, commonly known as RU-486.
The bill would force a change at Planned Parenthood affiliates in Missouri, which currently rely on staff other than physicians to perform the initial consultation and do not conduct a physical examination, said Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Michelle Trupiano. She called the legislation extremely onerous.