St. Louis Public Radio News
1:13 pm
Thu May 1, 2003

MO Sen. Votes at 3:00 AM for Abortion Wait Period

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri Senators debated until 3:00 Thursday morning before approving legislation requiring women to wait 24 hours after consulting a doctor before having an abortion.

Opponents says such a measure impedes the right to choose; supporters say it simply allows for a little more guidance on whether the woman should go through with the procedure.

St. Louis Democrats Joan Bray, Maida Coleman, and Rita Days were among the six Democrats to vote against the measure. All Republicans voted yes.

Governor Holden is expected to veto the bill if it passes the House.

Here is how area Senators voted on the abortion legislation:
Voting "yes" were 4 Democrats and 19 Republicans. Voting "no" were 6 Democrats and 0 Republicans.

REPUBLICANS VOTING YES
Jon Dolan, Lake St. Louis (District 2)
Michael Gibbons, Kirkwood (District 15)
John Griesheimer, Washington (District 26)
Chuck Gross, St. Charles (District 23)
John Loudon, Ballwin (District 7)
Anita Yeckel, St. Louis (District 1)

DEMOCRATS VOTING YES
Harry Kennedy, St. Louis (District 3)
Steve Stoll, Festus (District 22)

DEMOCRATS VOTING NO
Joan Bray, St. Louis (District 24)
Maida Coleman, St. Louis (District 5)
Rita Days, St. Louis (District 14)

DEMOCRATS NOT VOTING
Pat Dougherty, St. Louis (District 4)
Wayne Goode, St. Louis (District 13)