Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon Wednesday vetoed a bill that aimed to triple the waiting period for women seeking an abortion. In vetoing House Bill 1307, the Governor said it would unnecessarily prolong the suffering of rape and incest victims and jeopardize the health and wellbeing of women.
“This extreme and disrespectful measure would unnecessarily prolong the suffering of rape and incest victims and jeopardize the health and wellbeing of women,” Nixon said. “By failing to include an exception for rape and incest, House Bill 1307 demonstrates a callous disregard for women who find themselves in horrific circumstances and would make Missouri one of just two states in the nation to take such an extreme step. Lengthening the already extensive waiting period serves no demonstrable purpose other than to create emotional and financial hardships for women who have undoubtedly already spent considerable time wrestling with perhaps the most difficult decision they may ever have to make.”
State Senator David Sater, (R) Cassville issued a statement calling the veto disappointing, and predicted the Republican-controlled General Assembly would vote to override the veto when it reconvenes in September.
The governor also vetoed bills that would limit the rights of Missouri citizens to support write-in candidates; would provide immunity from civil and criminal liability for the improper disclosure of personally identifiable taxpayer information; and intended to create a system by which liens on motor vehicle titles could be released electronically, but contains a drafting error.
The governor also signed 13 bills, including bills that repeal various expired, obsolete, ineffective, and sunset provisions of statutes as identified by the Joint Committee on Legislative Research; and allow volunteer labor on public works projects; and adds special prosecutors to the list of individuals allowed to carry a concealed weapon in certain circumstances.