Missouri House opposes federal abortion proposal

JEFFERSON CITY | The Missouri House is urging President Barack Obama and Congress to oppose any federal efforts to pre-empt some state abortion laws.

Federal legislation filed in the past, called the Freedom of Choice Act, could overrule many state-level restrictions on access to abortion.

The Missouri House approved 116-40 on Wednesday a nonbinding resolution opposing that. The measure states that Missouri regulations at risk could include bans on certain late-term abortions and mandatory parental consent for minors.

The House resolution does not go to the Senate or to the governor. A copy is to be sent to Obama, congressional leaders and Missouri's 11 members in Congress.

Supporters during a two-day floor debate said the states should be allowed to regulate abortion. Critics questioned the need for the resolution.