JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — When lawmakers return to the state Capitol next week for a veto session, they will do so with a full plate: Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed nearly three dozen measures this summer, including a controversial bill that would triple the state’s 24-hour waiting period for abortions.
When it was first heard this spring, the measure passed with support from Republicans and a handful of Democrats, alike. It passed both chambers with veto-proof majorities — including support from all of the members of Joplin’s delegation to the Legislature.
The measure — House Bill 1307 — would expand the state’s current waiting period to three days. If passed, a woman would have to consult with a physician to get an abortion, be presented a slew of state-mandated literature about the procedure and potential consequences, and return three days later. It includes no exemption for cases of rape and incest.