Subscribe to Breaking News emails

You have successfully subscribed to the Breaking News email.

Subscribe today to be the first to to know about breaking news and special reports.

Missouri Lawmakers Override Veto, Enact 72-Hour Abortion Wait

 / Updated 
Joanne Schrader holds signs as she gathers with other abortion opponents in the rotunda of the Missouri Capitol Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in Jefferson City, Mo. Missouri lawmakers will consider whether to override a veto by Gov. Jay Nixon of legislation requiring a 72-hour waiting period for abortions, one of the longest mandatory delays in the nation, during a special legislative session that begins Wednesday.Jeff Roberson / AP

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.

Missouri lawmakers have overridden a veto to enact one of the nation's longest abortion waiting periods.

Legislators passed a measure Wednesday that will require women to wait 72 hours after consulting a physician before having an abortion. That's the second most-stringent standard behind South Dakota, where a 72-hour wait can sometimes extend longer because weekends and holidays are not counted.

Utah is the only other state with a 72-hour wait, but it has exceptions for rape, incest and other circumstances.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the Missouri legislation partly because it lacked exceptions for rape or incest. He called it "extreme and disrespectful" to women.The Republican-led Legislature specifically rejected those exceptions earlier this year, arguing that all lives deserved an equal value no matter how they are conceived.

IN-DEPTH

— The Associated Press

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.
MORE FROM news

Have feedback?

How likely are you to recommend nbcnews.com to a friend or colleague?

0 = Very unlikely
10 = Very likely
Please select answer

Is your feedback about:

Please select answer

Thank you!

Your feedback has been sent out. Please enjoy more of our content.

We appreciate your help making nbcnews.com a better place.