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Gary Grigsby, the Democratic Party candidate in the 51st Legislative District issued the following release on yesterday’s veto override vote of HB 1307 – the bill adding a seventy-two hour waiting period for an abortion:


September 11, 2014



JEFFERSON CITY- On Wednesday, the Missouri Legislature convened during its constitutionally scheduled veto session to take up a number of bills that were vetoed by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.   In a vote of 117-44, the legislature overrode the Governor’s veto and added a 72 hour mandatory delay on all women seeking abortions in the state, including those who are victims of rape and incest.

Of the 144 votes, Representative Dean Dohrman supported the measure to add the needless waiting period, which is one of the most extreme in the country.  “This extreme bill adds another layer of government intrusion and stress to an already traumatic time,” said his opponent Gary Grigsby.  

“It’s time that our legislature focused on the important task of creating jobs and making our schools better instead of taking away decisions that should be left to a woman, her family, and her doctor.”  Grigsby continued, “This bill further traumatizes victims by prolonging their grief.  The legislation is insensitive, wrong-headed, and has no place in Missouri.”

“This is just another example where the Missouri Legislature has added one more layer of invasive government regulations to women’s health.  The sole purpose of tripling the waiting period is nothing more than a way to score political points at the expense of victims.  These decisions should be made in a doctor’s office and not in Jefferson City,” said Grigsby.  “There is no discernible impact on the number of abortions but the consequences for women are real.”

House Bill 1307  (Sponsored by Kevin Elmer R-Nixa) expands the current 24 hour waiting period on abortions to 72 hours and does not make exceptions for victims of rape and incest.  This legislation is representative of the extreme nature in which the Republican Super-Majority has moved in our state.  

Gary Grigsby is running against Representative Dohrman for the 51st District in the Missouri House of Representatives which includes the parts of Saline, Pettis, and Johnson Counties.


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Yep, that about sums it up.


SB 519, HB 1307, HB 1313: wait, wait, wait (January 12, 2014)

Sen. David Pearce (r): fundamentally, a useful idiot (August 30, 2014)

Sen. David Pearce (r): poor, poor, pitiful me (August 30, 2014)

Until tomorrow (September 9, 2014)