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State and Nation

March 4, 2014

State House OKs 48-hour abortion waiting period

— MONTGOMERY (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives has voted to extend the required waiting period before an abortion from 24 to 48 hours.

Representatives approved the bill Tuesday by a 76-23 vote. The bill is the first of four abortion bills on the debate agenda. The bill now moves to the Alabama Senate.

Republican Rep. Ed Henry of Hartselle says the additional time would give a woman the opportunity to change her mind about getting an abortion.

Democratic Rep. Darrio Melton of Selma says, while he's against abortion, women could make their own decisions without state interference.

Alabama currently requires women to receive information, either in person or through the mail, about abortion alternatives and possible adverse outcomes 24 hours prior to an abortion

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