2014-07-02T195623Z_1_LYNXMPEA610WN_RTROPTP_2_USA-CAMPAIGN

Missouri governor vetoes bill to extend abortion waiting period

Missouri Governor Nixon participates in debate with Spence at Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, MissouriBy Brendan O’Brien (Reuters) – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on Wednesday vetoed a bill requiring women to wait three days for an abortion, even in cases of rape or incest. The state’s Senate and House of Representatives in May approved the bill that would have extended the minimum waiting period before a woman could have an abortion to 72 hours from 24 hours, without exception. Nixon, a Democrat, said in a statement that lawmakers’ failure to include an exception for rape or incest “demonstrates a callous disregard for women who find themselves in horrific circumstances.” Republican Representatives Kevin Elmer and Andrew Koenig who sponsored the bill could not be reached immediately for comment. A two-thirds’ vote in both Republican-led chambers is required to override a veto in Missouri.

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