JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A measure requiring women seeking an abortion to watch a video with information about the procedure and alternatives is moving forward in the Missouri House.
A House committee on Tuesday gave initial approval to the first piece of abortion-related legislation this session. It requires the state’s health department to create a video containing state-mandated information about abortion.
The video would have to be shown to the woman at least 72 hours before the abortion.
The information already is provided verbally and in a written packet.
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Supporters say the additional method of providing the information will ensure women understand it.
Opponents say it’s another way to shame and intimidate women seeking to end a pregnancy.