Missouri 72-Hour Waiting Period Bill (HB 1307)


Number: HB 1307

Status: Current

Proposed: January 9, 2014

Enacted: September 10, 2014

Link: house.mo.gov...


Last updated Sep 11, 2014.

HB 1307 would increase the minimum waiting period before a woman can have an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours. The bill contains no exception for rape or incest.

The bill would require the Department of Health and Senior Services to create a video that contains all of the information that must be provided to a woman considering an abortion by the physician who is to perform or induce the abortion. The required information is set forth in Mo. Rev. Stat. § 188.027. The bill states that the video does not have to contain the name of the physician who will perform or induce the abortion.


After the law was initially passed by the Missouri legislature, Gov. Nixon vetoed the legislation and criticizing it for being “extreme and disrespectful.”(Source.) On September 10, the legislature overrode Gov. Nixon’s veto. The law will take effect one month from the date that the veto was overridden.

Companion bill to SB 519.