JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri House has given first-round approval to a bill specifically allowing pharmacists to refuse to sell the morning-after pill.
The legislation endorsed Tuesday would apply to emergency contraception drugs such as Plan B.
Critics pointed out that nothing in Missouri law requires pharmacies to sell any drug. They say pharmacies should not be able to deny a woman access to birth-control drugs that must be taken within a certain time period to be effective.
The legislation also addresses the abortion-inducing drug RU-486.
Any doctor prescribing the drug would have to give a woman multiple warnings about it and be present when she takes it. The doctor would also have to have at least $3 million in malpractice insurance.
Abortion drugs bill is HB28.
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