LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Abortion decision doesn't need more legislative meddling

Friday, March 7, 2014 | 2:34 p.m. CST

The Missouri House has recently passed HB 1307 and HB 1313, both of which would take the already 24-hour mandatory waiting period for a woman seeking an abortion and triple it to a 72-hour waiting period.

Despite the Supreme Court ruling that the 24-hour waiting period is a more than adequate time restraint for a woman to wait while seeking an abortion, Missouri politicians and proponents of this bill continue to try and put Missouri women’s health at risk by proposing bills that put unnecessary waiting periods on a safe and legal medical procedure that is safest the earlier it is done.

Abortion is a deeply personal and complex medical decision, but when bills like HB 1307 and HB 1313 are passed, they infringe on the decision-making process that should be left between a woman, her family, faith and doctor or medical provider.

No woman decides to have an abortion like one would decide to buy shoes or a house, like many politicians have alluded to in hearings on these bills.

Missouri women seeking an abortion must go through biased counseling to try to change their minds on having the procedure, oftentimes taking long trips with extended time away from work and family, and waiting the current 24-hour mandatory waiting period before she can access an abortion.

To assume Missouri women seeking an abortion have not already had more than enough time to come to their own decision on the best option for them, whatever it may be, is naïve and shows a lack of trust in women.

If it were truly the well-being and health of Missourians these politicians were concerned about, they would be more concerned about expanding Medicaid in Missouri than forcing unnecessary restrictions on women.

I urge you to call your Missouri state senator and put a stop to these bills before they endanger the lives and well-being of Missouri women.

Ellie Busch is a student at MU.


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