Gov. Vetoes 72-Hour Wait for Abortion

Missouri governor Jay Nixon vetoed a law mandating that women wait at least 72 hours before they can have an abortion. Not only did the Democrat denounce the legislation as “disrespectful,” but he also expressed specific concern for how it would affect rape and incest victims. Nixon said the waiting period was founded on a “paternalistic presumption that rape and incest victims are somehow unable to grasp the horror that has befallen them, and that government must force them to take more time to come to grips with their plight.” Missouri was on the verge of becoming the third in the nation to force women to wait three days after consulting a doctor to have an abortion. It does still have a 24-hour legally mandated waiting period though.