Missouri lawmakers return for special session on abortion - KCTV5

Missouri lawmakers return for special session on abortion

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Democratic opponents and groups such as Planned Parenthood have decried the session as a waste of money and an attack on women's reproductive rights. (KCTV5) Democratic opponents and groups such as Planned Parenthood have decried the session as a waste of money and an attack on women's reproductive rights. (KCTV5)
JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KCTV/AP) -

Missouri lawmakers are returning to the Capitol for a special legislative session on abortion.

Republican Gov. Eric Greitens says a recent federal judge's ruling that struck down some state abortion laws in part prompted his call for action. The ruling invalidated requirements that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and that clinics meet hospital-like standards for outpatient surgery. Greitens says he wants lawmakers to pass more abortion laws in response.

Greitens also wants lawmakers who begin meeting Monday to undo a St. Louis ordinance that bans discrimination in the workplace and in housing based on pregnancies, abortions and other "reproductive health decisions."

Democratic opponents and groups such as Planned Parenthood have decried the session as a waste of money and an attack on women's reproductive rights.

Elise Higgins, Regional Director of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes, said, Planned Parenthood abortion clinics abide by strict safety standards.

"We are already spending $20,000 a day on this legislative session that could go to services that help keep women safe and healthy, that increase access to contraception, and that prevent the need for abortion. Instead, we're spending these precious state dollars on an unnecessary and unpopular special session," said Higgins.

Planned Parenthood is coordinating a "people's" special session. On Wednesday, busloads of pro-choice supporters will head to Jefferson City to make their voices heard.

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