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A coalition of Republican and Democratic legislators introduced a bill Tuesday that they say will reduce abortions. As KSMU's Missy Shelton reports, the bill has received both support and opposition from abortion opponents.
The bill has five main provisions...And bill supporters say all of them are aimed at reducing the number of abortions in the state of Missouri.
Democratic Senator Joan Bray is sponsoring the bill. She is a supporter of abortion rights.
Among other things, the bill would require the notification of rape victims about the option of emergency contraception and would require pharmacies to fill prescriptions for emergency contraception.
Even though some abortion opponents consider emergency contraception to be a form of abortion, the bill has won the support of several anti-abortion lawmakers.
Springfield Republican Charlie Denison says he supports the bill because it will reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies in Missouri.
Not all abortion opponents see this bill as a way to reduce abortions in Missouri.
Republican Representative Jane Cunningham.
The bill reinforces the current law, which requires school districts to discuss contraception in sex education classes.
Cunningham says this sends the wrong message to young people.
She says this bill won't reduce abortions...She says abstinence-only education will.
But some lawmakers who oppose abortion say this is the kind of bill that can bring together abortion opponents and abortion rights supporters.
Springfield Republican Representative Charlie Denison says lawmakers on all sides of the issue want to reduce the number of abortions in the state.
Two Republican Representatives who oppose abortion rights Sherman Parker and Otto Bean are supporting the bill.
Representative Sherman Parker says he and Bean want to reduce the demand for abortions.
The bill was introduced this week...Before it goes before the Senate for consideration, it must win committee approval.