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Gov. Enacts Midwives Law | Missouri Political News Service

Gov. Enacts Midwives Law

June 4th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

From the AP:

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Blunt signed legislation Friday that started out expanding health insurance options and ended up, unbeknownst to most lawmakers, legalizing midwifery.

Under current Missouri law, midwifery is a felony crime — punishable by up to seven years in prison — when practiced by anyone other than certain nurses working in collaboration with physicians.

The provision that Sen. John Loudon slipped into the health insurance bill allows midwives certified by private groups to legally work in Missouri. After sending the bill to the governor, some legislators worked to undo the language, or pass the insurance part separately, but those efforts failed.

Shows you how much of a problem Gov. Blunt had with midwives.



Tags: Matt Blunt · Sen. John Loudon

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