Although Roe v. Wade legalized abortion at the federal level, ruling that a woman's access to abortion is a matter of privacy, states are free to set numerous restrictions and regulations. Missouri's abortion laws require waiting periods after an initial consultation with physicians; parental consent for minors; the presence of a second M.D. in attendance; and so on.
Missouri's Abortion Statutes
The following chart lists the basic requirements and other legal parameters of Missouri abortion law. See FindLaw's extensive Reproductive Rights section for more information.
|Code Section||188.010 et seq.
|Statutory Definition of Abortion||
|Penalty for Unlawful Abortion||Second degree murder to take the life of a child aborted alive; anyone not a physician attempting to perform an abortion or without privileges at hospital offering OB/Gyn care is guilty of Class B felony; Class A misdemeanor and revocation of M.D. or health practitioner's license for committing or assisting in unlawful abortion; failure to maintain confidentiality: misdemeanor|
|Physician Licensing Requirements||
Supreme Court Ruling: Admitting Privileges and Structural Standards
The U.S. Supreme Court, on June 27, 2016, ruled that certain abortion regulations in Texas are unconstitutional (Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt). Specifically, the Court singled out the requirements that abortion doctors have hospital admitting privileges and that facilities meet the strict standards of surgical centers. The ruling will likely affect similar restrictions under Missouri law as well.
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Missouri health care attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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