Mo. House backs late-term abortion restrictions

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has passed legislation imposing restrictions on late-term abortions and criminal penalties for doctors who do not abide by new standards.

Lawmakers voted 119-38 on Thursday to approve the measure. It now goes to the state Senate.

The legislation would remove a general exception for woman's health from Missouri's current law banning abortions on viable fetuses. It would grant exceptions only when a woman's life is endangered by a physical issue or when the pregnancy poses physical impairment. Two doctors would need to agree before an abortion is performed on a viable fetus.

Physicians who violate the standards could face up to seven years in prison.

Abortion bill is HB213.



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