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Missouri bill makes medication abortions via web camera illegal

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon allowed legislation to go into law, without his signature.

"It basically ensures that women will meet with a doctor in person," said Susan Klein with Missouri for Life.

House Bill 400—It's only a paragraph, but changes the abortion debate in Missouri.

Basically, the bill makes medication abortions via a web camera illegal.

It requires a doctor to be there in person with the patient when she takes the first drug in the abortion.

In the procedure, the first medication ends the pregnancy. A second prescription empties the uterus, usually causing heavy bleeding.

Susan Klein, the legislative liaison with Missouri for Life said this bill is a step in the right direction.

"We think it's an important bill, we think it will save life and protect the women of Missouri," said Klein.

Klein said it's important for a woman to meet with a doctor face to face when going through the process.

"Everything in her health wise is going to be examined the day that she starts taking that abortion pill, and she's also going to be given information about exactly what the pill is going to do to her body, what the pill does to the baby, so we think she has the opportunity to decide again, whether she actually wants to go through with this abortion or not," said Klein.

On the other hand, Paula Gianino, the CEO and President for Planned Parenthood St. Louis and Southwest Missouri said they're disappointed the bill will go into law.

"It sets a really terrible precedent of allowing politicians to tell physicians what types of services they can and cannot provide," said Gianino.

She said women travel hundreds of miles to see a doctor for an abortion, and this only restricts their access to a legal abortion.

"It places unnecessary restrictions on our ability to expand services to women especially in rural and under served parts of the state," said Gianino.

Heartland News asked Missouri's 8th District U.S. Representative Jason Smith his thoughts on the legislation.

"Everything we can do to eliminate abortion I'm strongly in support of, we need to make abortions rare," said Smith.

Women are still able to get a medication abortion in Missouri, but a doctor must be present.

Klein said there are currently 8 other states with similar legislation, requiring doctors to be there in person.

You can see the wording to the bill below.


This bill requires the administration of the initial dose of RU-486

(mifepristone) or any other abortion-inducing drug or chemical to

occur in the same room and in the physical presence of the

physician who prescribed, dispensed, or otherwise provided the drug

or chemical to the patient. The physician or a person acting on

the physician's behalf must make all reasonable efforts to ensure

that the patient returns after the administration or use of any

abortion-inducing drug or chemical for a follow-up visit unless the

termination of the pregnancy has already been confirmed and the

patient's medical condition has been assessed by a licensed

physician prior to discharge.

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