Members of Missouri's House have agreed to allow more government control over the state's abortion clinics.
Kelly Just reports from Jefferson City.
After just seven minutes of debate, legislators voted in favor of a series of abortion bills.
However, an amendment that requires yearly inspections of medical clinics is being met with strong criticism.
Crystal Williams of Planned Parenthood says the Department of Health has been given too much power to hand out licenses and decide which facilities can operate in the state.
Williams says that with the Roe versus Wade decision legalizing abortion, right to life forces can only fight back by making it more difficult to have the procedure.
Supporters of the bill say patient safety is their only motive.
From the State Capital, I'm Kelly Just.
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