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Thursday, April 26, 2007


The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling upholding a federal law banning a certain type of late-term abortion procedure revives a similar Missouri law that a federal appeals court had struck down. Days after its 5-4 decision on the federal law, the high court on April 23 issued a brief order vacating the appellate ruling in the Missouri case.

The Missouri General Assembly enacted the state law in 1999 over then-Gov. Mel Carnahan’s veto. The law, which had been blocked in court ever since, bans an abortion procedure known medically as “extraction and dilation.” Abortion rights opponents call the procedure “partial birth abortion.” Doctors who violate the law are subject to felony charges.

The same day the Supreme Court issued its order on the Missouri law, the state House of Representatives gave passed a bill imposing strict regulations on abortion clinics. Abortion rights supporters say the bill could force two of the three Missouri clinics that provide abortion services to stop doing so. The bill, HB 1055, must still be approved by the Senate to become law.


Anonymous said...

Are you pro-choice or pro-life? Did you vote for this?

State Rep. Mike Daus said...

I was not in office in 1999 when the bill was passed so I did not vote on this particualr issue. Whether I'm pro-life or pro-choice comes down to the issue that we are voting on. I've never received an endorsement from either side nor do I really care too. I ussually support bills that I beleive will reduce unwanted pregnancies and I would say the pro-choice group has had better ideas over the last 3 years than MO right to life has had. I would suggest you contact political directors at both MO Right to Life and Planned Parenthood of MO to get their stats on my voting record over the last 6 years. Although I do take issue on several of the ways each of these groups score candidates and elected officials I think it will give you a good idea of where I stand on the issues.