(KTVI) – Missouri lawmakers are set to increase the waiting period for an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours.
Democrats and Republicans reached a deal on the bill and sent it to Governor Jay Nixon’s desk Wednesday.
He has not commented on the bill, but in the past he has let bills regarding abortions restrictions become law without his signature.
Supporters of the bill say the 72 hours gives women more time to think about the consequences of an abortion.
However, those who oppose the bill say it could cause unnecessary health risks.
Only two other states require a 72 hour waiting period for an abortion.