JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he will let a bill restricting late-term abortions take effect as law.
Nixon faces a Thursday deadline to act on bills passed during the recent legislative session. While signing other bills during an event in Kansas City, Nixon told reporters that he will not sign the abortion legislation but will let it become law without his signature.
Missouri already bans abortions of viable fetuses except to preserve the life or health of the woman.
This year's bill will remove that general health exception. Instead, it will allow such abortions only to save the woman's life or when pregnancy poses a serious risk of substantial physical impairment to a major bodily function.
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