House reverses itself on abortion waiting period
House approves bills for 24-hour abortion waiting period, partial-birth abortion ban
On Wednesday, the House approved House Bill 1659 on a 189-151 vote, but the House Thursday reversed its action and sent the bill to the House Criminal Justice and Public Protection Committee to review it.
Known as the "Woman's Right to Know Act," the bill would require physicians to inform women about the abortion procedure, its health risks and the state of the fetus.
A woman would also be provided state-published material and a videotape to view.
The bill contains criminal penalties for willfully violating the provisions and for not reporting abortion statistics to the state.
The penalty for violating the 24-hour waiting period provisions would be a class A felony, which would be a three-to-seven-year sentence.
The House will take final action on the bill after the committee reviews the bill. The House deadline for action is March 29.
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