JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri House members have given first-round approval to new restrictions on abortion.
The bill would make it a crime to coerce a woman into having an abortion by assaulting her or threatening to fire her or revoke her school scholarships.
The legislation would also expand the information doctors must provide 24 hours before performing an abortion under Missouri's informed consent law.
The House gave the bill tentative approval on a 116-42 vote. It needs another vote before moving to the Senate.
There was no debate on the legislation -- a rarity in Missouri for bills on abortion.
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