Governor Nixon allows abortion law to take effect - KMOV.com

Governor Nixon allows abortion law to take effect

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Governor 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.

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.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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