Governor Nixon's Veto of 72 Hour Bill Met with Praise

Wednesday, Governor Nixon vetoed an extreme bill that would increase the mandatory waiting period for women seeking an abortion in Missouri to at least 72 hours. In his veto letter, Nixon said:

“Lengthening the mandate to ‘at least’ 72 hours serves no demonstrable purpose other than to create emotional and financial hardships for women,” furthermore, “expanding the mandatory waiting period presupposes that women are unable to make up their own minds without further government intervention.”

Governor Nixon’s veto of House Bill 1307 was met with praise across the country.

Katie McDonough from Salon wrote:

“Good news, everyone. Common sense about women’s reproductive health prevailed at least once this week.”

In the New York Times Dorothy J. Samuels commended Nixon saying,

“he provided an example of principled leadership in defense of women’s reproductive rights — currently under unprecedented assault — and bolstered supporters of those rights in his state and across the country.”

Huffington Post and Vox weighed in as well.

While back in May, a Kansas City Star editorial pointed out the hypocrisy some Missouri legislators who claim to care about the health of Missourians, yet are blocking the expansion of Medicaid, which would provide healthcare to thousands.

It doesn’t take 72 hours to realize how simultaneously devastating and patronizing the tripling of a mandatory waiting period would be to women across the region.

You can thank Governor Nixon for his veto of HB 1307 here.

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