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Legislature should override veto of HB 156

To the editor:

The governor recently vetoed the "Woman's Right to Know Act,'' House Bill 156.

This bill was passed by overwhelming majorities in the House and Senate.

In several committee hearings in the 2003 legislative session, post-abortive women from all parts of Missouri testified that they were not seen by a physician before undergoing their abortion. This is consistent with what women all over the country report.

The pro-abortionist delegation did not offer a single post-abortive woman who said that a doctor was available before the abortion or that she was happy that she had an abortion.

The governor's veto of HB 156 contradicts his own statement that an abortion is a decision between a woman and her doctor. Shouldn't a woman have a chance to talk about the medical effects of an abortion with a doctor before going through with it?

HB 156 puts the doctor back in the picture when a woman is finding out what an abortion means to her personal health.

We urgently request our representatives and senators to override the governor's veto of HB 156 when the Legislature reconvenes on Sept. 10.

John Judd


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