The most comprehensive abortion legislation ever passed in the state of Missouri is now law.
The new legislation is known as Senate Bill 5 (SB 5), which was passed in the most recent session of the Missouri Legislature, and 16th Circuit Court Judge S. Margene Burnett has ruled that it can go into effect – in spite of pleas from Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Susan Klein of Missouri Right to Life shared about a major provision of the law that is considered a step in the right direction by pro-life advocates.
“The same physician who performs an abortion must be the same physician that meets with the woman and talks about all of the issues regarding the abortion with her 72 hours prior to having an abortion,” Klein explained.
This doctor-to-patient discussion includes presenting the pros and cons of abortion and allowing the abortion-minded woman to ask questions.
Other provisions mentioned in the bill indicate that the abortion clinic will have to deal with state scrutiny.
“I mean, we're talking about requiring that an abortion facility have a complication strategy and plan filed with the Department of Health – that all complication reports from abortions are filed with the Department of Health … that there's an on-site unannounced inspection of these abortion facilities,” Klein added.
In addition, if local prosecutors refuse to handle prosecutions of clinics for violating state law – or ignore it altogether – then the Missouri Attorney General's office can take over the case and make sure there is prosecution.
Klein maintains that this legislation is the strongest pro-life bill ever passed in the state.