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House Passes Measure to Protect Life

The House has passed House Bill 400. This legislation will ban web-cam abortions in the State of Missouri and ensure that women will meet with a doctor, in person, and in the same room, while receiving an RU-486 abortion. This legislation protects women from an industry that is seeking to make a profit by providing sub-standard care to women.

During a web-cam abortion, a doctor can sit in front of a computer at a remote location – even in another state – and give the thumbs up for the abortifacient, RU-486, to be administered by a nurse. A woman takes the first dose of this drug, which starves the baby, at the office. She is then sent home with a second pill that induces labor to cause the body to abort the fetus.

The tragedy is that women seeking abortions of any kind are already in a difficult situation. Proponents of chemical abortions say that women can expel their baby surrounded by whom they choose; but the truth is, these women are often alone.

Web-cam abortions only intensify that isolation. If complications arise because of the side effects that RU-486 can cause, the woman may have no trusted doctor to call. Meanwhile, she is charged the same amount of money for the chemical abortion as for a surgical abortion, while the clinic saves all the expense of getting a doctor to tend to the patient and supervise. Clinics are turning a profit at the expense of women—that is unacceptable.

HB 400 is about women’s health and safety. While it is tragic if a woman makes the choice to abort her baby, she should still have access to the utmost quality of care by a physician. It is already heartbreaking to lose one life – why put the life of the mother at risk, too? One hundred and fifteen members of the House of Representatives agree and have sent this bill to the Senate.

Remember Our Mothers on Sunday, May 12th

Mother’s Day this year is on Sunday, May 12. It is a day when this country honors our mothers and all women who have made a difference in a child’s life. On this day we also celebrate the special bonds shared between mothers and their children. Every child blessed with a mother’s love has been given one of life’s great gifts. We recognize the extraordinary contributions mothers make to their children and their families.

I hope you honored your mom, as I look forward to spending quality time with mine.

As always, it is an honor to serve the good folks of the 153rd District. If you would like to discuss any issue, please call 573-751-1066 or you can e-mail me at steve.cookson@house.mo.gov .

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