Lawmakers to vote on abortion bill Tuesday -

Lawmakers to vote on abortion bill Tuesday

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A House committee has advanced legislation expanding Missouri's informed-consent law for abortions.


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The House General Laws Committee made no changes Tuesday to the bill, which previously passed the Senate.

Missouri law already requires that a woman be provided information about her physical and psychological risks at least 24 hours before having an abortion.

The legislation would require that the consultation occur in person instead of over the phone and that women be given details about fetal development. Abortion providers also would have to give women a chance to see an ultrasound and listen to a heartbeat.

If the House passes the bill without changes, it would go to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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