Your Opinion: Appalling inaction on abortion bill

Dear Editor:

I am appalled at Gov. Jay Nixon’s lack of action on HB400, The Telemedicine Abortion Ban.

When Gov. Nixon failed to veto the bill, effectively allowing it to go into law without his signature, he deprived many Missouri women of access to a safe medical abortion. A new report recently published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology found that 94 percent of the women who chose telemedicine treatment reported that they were “very satisfied” with the procedure, and researchers found that women who received “virtual” counseling had no more complications than those who had office visits.

Missouri joins seven other states with such a ban, reducing women’s access to abortion providers.

I am extremely disappointed that the governor once again chose to let a bill restricting abortion become law without his signature. I had hoped he would see fit to veto this bill.

It’s time for Gov. Nixon to truly stand up and be a leader for Missouri women.

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