Missouri Gov. Nixon allows abortion law to take effect

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 | 3:04 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon has allowed new requirements for Missouri abortion clinics to become law without his signature on the bill.

The governor's office announced Nixon's decision Wednesday — the deadline to sign or veto bills. If not signed by the governor, Missouri bills automatically become law.


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The legislation will expand Missouri's 24-hour abortion consent law by requiring that clinics give women the chance to view an ultrasound image and listen to the heartbeat of the fetus.

It also requires a consultation to occur in person instead of over the phone, and mandates that women receive a description of the physical characteristics of the fetus.

The new law is to take effect Aug. 28.


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