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Missouri lawmakers say abortion bills not top goal

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri's legislative leaders say anti-abortion measures are not among their main priorities next session.
Eight bills have been filed so far as the legislative session that starts Jan. 7 nears.
The dimmed interest follows Republican lawmakers' success in September in overriding a veto by Gov. Jay Nixon to enact one of the nation's longest waiting periods for abortions.
The GOP now has even greater numbers to override a veto by the governor.
But legislative leaders say their focus will be on economics and education instead of potentially divisive abortion bills.
Anti-abortion lobbyist Sam Lee of Campaign Life Missouri says a bill for annual health inspections of clinics has the best chances of passing.

Other abortion-related bills include a hotly contested measure to require the father's permission for an abortion. 

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