Missouri Abortion Facility Requirements

"Women's health" is the issue Missouri Democrats and Republicans use to justify abortion regulations. The argument that abortion rights are a women's health issue has been used by Democrats for years but Republicans across the nation have used health concerns as a means to restrict abortion availability.

In Texas, the legislature attempted to restrict abortion under a "Women's Health Initiative". In 1993 the legislature passed legislation that gave women, "the right to know." The legislation states:

# A doctor who is to perform an abortion (or the doctor's agent) must tell the woman that benefits may be available to help with medical care before, during, and after childbirth.
# The father is required to help support the child whether or not he has offered to pay for an abortion.
# Government and private agencies can counsel the woman in preventing pregnancy, or refer her to a doctor for medications or devices to prevent pregnancy, including emergency contraception for victims of rape and incest.
# The woman has the right to look at printed information. If she chooses to see the material the law describes, the doctor (or the doctor's agent) shall give her a copy at least 24 hours before the abortion is scheduled. The doctor (or agent) may instead mail her the materials, with delivery restricted to her, at least 72 hours before the abortion is scheduled.

In Missouri, new guidelines that would have required substantial upgrades to abortion providers at a high expense, were put on hold by a federal judge in Kansas City. Planned Parenthood of Kansas City successfully gained a temporary injunction blocking implementation of new rules putting more abortion clinics under Missouri's stricter requirements for surgical facilities this afternoon.

A hearing on whether to make the injunction permanent is scheduled for September 10th.

Jane Drummond Director of Missouri's Department of Health and Senior services issued a press release this afternoon citing Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon's campaign contributions from Planned Parenthood and pro - Planned Parenthood stance provides a conflict of interest.