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Friday, September 5, 2003

Abortion waiting period allows women to be informed.

An excellent letter in the Columbia (Missouri) Daily Tribune:

"No matter how one feels about abortion, most reasonable people agree that decisions of women facing an unplanned pregnancy should never be made impetuously. Many who have abortions testify they were pressured by boyfriends or family members to have an abortion they really didn’t want.

Many suffer from psychological problems and immense regret. Information learned about fetal development after the abortion and physical problems as a result of a previous abortion can cause women great distress.

Women have the right to know all their options and the consequences of any decision they make. The 24-hour waiting period bill proposed by our legislators attempts to protect women from being coerced into making a choice with negative consequences and also encourages them to gather all the facts about such a decision, including alternatives to abortion, and then make an informed decision.

This bill, which was vetoed by our governor, will not hurt women or diminish their freedom of choice. It will help women by enabling them to consider all alternatives and consequences and make the most informed decision - which is truly giving women choices. This legislation will hold abortion clinics to the same standards as other medical facilities and will most likely reduce the abortion rate in our state.

I hope this bill will be passed by a veto override during the upcoming special session. I encourage all concerned citizens to contact their legislators and ask them to support the override."

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