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Anti-Abortion Bill Advances in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (CN) - The Missouri Senate overwhelmingly passed a measure putting more restrictions on late-term abortions. The Senate approved by 27-5 vote a bill that would allow late-term abortions only when a woman's life is endangered or when pregnancy risks permanent damage to a major bodily function.

The bill removes a general exception for a woman's health from the current state law relating to late-term abortions.

The measure moves to the House, which already has passed its own version of the bill. That bill is pending in the Senate.

Both houses of the Legislature must agree on the same version of the bill for it to go to the governor.

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