The Missouri House Children and Families Committee Chair describes the abortion bill approved by the state Senate this month as a “good framework”, but says it didn’t meet Governor Eric Greitens’ (R) call.

The House last week approved State Rep. Diane Franklin’s (R-Camdenton) bill, which includes whistleblower and fetal tissue language.

The Missouri House voting board on June 20, 2017 (photo courtesy of Tim Bommel at Missouri House Communications}

“I think that especially important that I’ve worked on have been the fetal tissue portion of that, the tracking of that, so we have the assurance that it is indeed going where it should be going,” Franklin says.

Franklin is praising Tuesday’s 110-38 vote to approve her bill, saying it’s important for the health and safety of women.

“Now, thinking about the actual clinics, knowing that the counseling, the introduction of the complications, that that interaction is taking place between a physician and the patient is very important to us,” says Franklin.

Franklin’s bill also requires annual inspection of clinics and nullifies a St. Louis ordinance that bars discrimination based on pregnancy decisions.

The measure now heads back to the Missouri Senate, which passed a different version earlier this month.

State Rep. Diane Franklin speaks on the Missouri House floor on June 20, 2017 (photo courtesy of Tim Bommel at Missouri House Communications)

Governor Greitens is urging lawmakers to pass legislation to protect pregnancy resource centers and to implement health and safety standards in abortion clinics.

Democratic critics in the Missouri House want lawmakers to address infant mortality rates.

State Rep. Cora Faith Walker, D-Ferguson, tells her House colleagues that St. Louis’ infant mortality rate “actually rivals that of developing countries.”

And State Rep. Joshua Peters, D-St. Louis, says his north St. Louis district has the highest infant mortality rate in Missouri.