From the Missouri Catholic Conference:
This week, the Missouri Senate is expected to take up for consideration and debate on the Senate floor SB 519, a bill that would extend the waiting period to obtain an abortion from 24 to 72 hours.
Contact your Senator and let your voice be heard!
What would SB 519 do?
Currently under Missouri law, women must wait 24 hours after they have been informed of the risks of having an abortion to go through with the procedure. SB 519 would expand that time period to 72 hours.
This extension of time would allow women more time to reflect upon the serious nature of what they are going to do, and would hopefully afford more women the opportunity to find the support they need to keep their babies.
Two U.S. states (Utah and South Dakota) and at least three foreign countries (Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium) have waiting periods of 72 hours or greater before a woman can have an abortion.
The state has a duty to protect its most vulnerable citizens, and there is no more vulnerable population than the unborn. A 72-hour waiting period is a reasonable restriction on a woman's right to choose and represents a period of reflection commensurate with the severity of the procedure in question. Abortion does nothing less than stopping a beating heart.
Requiring a period longer than 24 hours for such a significant decision isn't unprecedented in the law. Already in Missouri a woman must wait 48 hours before she can give consent to giving her child up for adoption, and sixteen U.S. states require a woman to wait 72 hours before terminating her parental rights and giving consent to an adoption. 72 hours to reflect on something as grave as having an abortion is only fitting.
The Missouri Catholic Conference strongly supports SB 519. As Americans, we are so accustomed to individual liberties, that any restrictions on our personal freedoms seems out of place, or an infringement upon our individual rights. When it comes to decisions like terminating the life of an innocent person, however, it is important to remember the words of John Paul II in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae, in which he said:
"The deliberate decision to deprive an innocent human being of his life is always morally evil and can never be licit either as an end in itself or as a means to a good end. It is in fact a grave act of disobedience to the moral law, and indeed to God himself, the author and guarantor of that law; it contradicts the fundamental virtues of justice and charity." [No. 57]
Many women regret their decision to have an abortion. We encourage you to contact your Senator to increase the waiting time to have such a procedure to 72 hours. Let your Missouri Senator hear from you!
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- Contact your Senator and ask him or her to vote in favor of SB 519 when it comes up for a vote on the Senate floor.
- Forward this email to friends and family members
- Report back to the MCC on what your Senator is saying.
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