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Missouri House Passes Bill Banning Coercing Pregnant Women into Getting an Abortion

Missouri House Passes Bill Banning Coercing Pregnant Women into Getting an Abortion

Chicago, IL – Today, the Missouri House passed HCS HB 46 & 434, a bill that bans coercing a pregnant woman into getting an abortion.  Additionally, the bill enhances the state’s informed consent law by allowing women to view and hear an ultrasound prior to getting an abortion, and gives women information about the pain their unborn child feels during an abortion.

AUL President & CEO Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D. praised the Missouri House’s action saying, “No woman should be forced into getting an abortion by a husband, boyfriend, or employer.  Too many times in our country, pregnant women do not have adequate recourse when they are being coerced.”

AUL Vice President of Government Affairs Daniel McConchie said regarding the bill’s passage, “It is common sense to provide a pregnant woman who is considering an abortion with all the options and information to help her make an informed and uncoerced decision.  We encourage the Missouri Senate to quickly follow suit and Missouri Governor Nixon to sign this bill into law.”

About Americans United for Life

Americans United for Life (AUL) is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization whose vision is a nation in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law.  The first national pro-life organization in America, AUL has been committed to defending human life through vigorous judicial, legislative, and educational efforts at both the federal and state levels since 1971.  The Wall Street Journal has profiled AUL, and PBS’ Frontline program chronicled AUL’s successful efforts in Mississippi.

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Matthew Eppinette

Communications Director

202-289-1479

Matthew.Eppinette@AUL.org