Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Get Government off Backs of Pregnant Women

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Get Government off Backs of Pregnant Women

Article excerpt

"Before viability, the state's interests are not strong enough to support a prohibition of abortion or the imposition of a substantial obstacle to the woman's effective right to elect the procedure." That passage from the 1992 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Planned Parenthood vs. Casey, affirming the 1973 decision in Roe vs. Wade, should be required reading for certain members of the Missouri Senate.

Sen. John Schneider, a Democrat from Florissant, has introduced a bill that seeks to impose a clearly substantial obstacle on pregnant women seeking abortions. Mr. Schneider wants women seeking abortions to undergo "counseling" from "case managers" who would try to dissuade them from having an abortion. If they declined the "counseling," they would have to obtain a certificate verifying their refusal. If no case managers live in their county, the women would have to go to court to get the proper documents.

Mr. Schneider says his bill wouldn't hinder women. …

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