On March 17, 2011, the Missouri House of Representatives passed a bill [PDF] restricting access to late-term abortions in the state and imposing penalties on doctors who fail to follow the restrictions. The bill allowed exceptions for cases in which the life of the mother was in danger, as long as the woman is able to secure a second medical opinion. The bill became law after it was approval by an overwhelming bipartisan majority in despite Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's refusal to sign it. The legislation followed similarly successful efforts in 2011 to restrict access to abortion after 20 weeks in Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Ohio, and Oklahoma.
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