TODAY'S QUESTION: Should Missouri's late-term abortion law be redefined?

Thursday, February 10, 2011 | 11:21 a.m. CST; updated 3:20 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 10, 2011

Currently, Missouri's abortion law allows the abortion of a viable fetus only to preserve the life or health of the mother. A measure proposed Wednesday to the House Health Care Policy Committee, however, would further clarify the wording in the law.

The current law defines viability as "when the life of the unborn child may be continued indefinitely outside the womb by natural or artificial life-supportive systems."

If the committee supports the proposal sponsored by House Republican Leader Rep. Tim Jones, R-Eureka, it would then read, "when a reasonable likelihood the life of the unborn child can be sustained outside the mother's womb with or without official support."

The new measure would also affect medical emergencies that require termination of a fetus. A second physician, unrelated to the patient or first doctor, would be required to declare medical emergency and to be present for the procedure.

Should Missouri tighten these definitions under the current law? Do other reforms need to be made? If so, what?


Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Eric Cox February 11, 2011 | 1:23 p.m.

You would need a second physician for a medical emergency? Wow way to put the health of the mother, behind some 2,000 year old superstition. I live in a country full of morons.

(Report Comment)

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.