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Sunday, July 8, 2007


Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce on July 3 issued a temporary restraining order preventing a new state law that legalizes the practice of lay midwifery from taking effect. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Aug. 2.

State Sen. John Loudon, R-Ballwin, secretly slipped the obscurely worded midwifery provision into a larger bill he was handling related to health insurance. The provision wasn’t discovered until after the General Assembly granted final passage of the bill, HB 818. Gov. Matt Blunt later singed the bill into law.

The Missouri State Medical Association and other physicians’ groups filed a lawsuit on June 29 claiming the midwifery provision is unrelated to the subject matter of the underlying bill in violation of the Missouri Constitution.

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