The governor was scheduled to lead a delegation to Europe next week, but scrapped the plan because lawmakers are in the midst of a second special session he called to address abortion-related laws.
The bill would still require annual, unannounced inspections of abortion clinics, and would reverse a St. Louis ordinance created to protect women from job and housing discrimination based on their reproductive health choices, two major priorities of the governor and Republican legislative leaders.
After more than 10 hours of closed-door meetings Wednesday, the Senate took up and passed legislation sponsored by Sen.
The measure would also allow the state attorney general, now abortion opponent Republican Josh Hawley, authority to prosecute violations of abortion laws.
Pro-life Gov. Eric Greitens called for the special session last week to stop the St. Louis abortion ordinance and to enact new regulations for abortion clinics.
Missouri is one of only five states to require women to wait 72 hours after receiving counseling before getting an abortion, which according to the Guttmacher Institute is the nation's longest waiting period.
The ruling, which the state is appealing, invalidated requirements that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, and that clinics meet hospital-like standards for outpatient surgery.
Annual health inspections of abortion clinics made it into the latest version of the bill, along with a provision to nullify a St. Louis ordinance banning discrimination based on abortion or pregnancies.
Dueling rallies on both sides of the abortion issue were present at the Missouri Capitol this week.
The new abortion clinic inspection regulations also are the result of heated abortion politics in the state. Greitens has repeatedly criticized lawmakers as career politicians. He's proposed an exhibit of abortion tools next to the slavery exhibit in his state's capitol building. Currently, there are no deadlines.
But senators ditched a proposal that would have banned abortion clinic staff from asking ambulances to drive without lights or sirens. Moon filed a bill Monday that he said in the video is created to end abortion in Missouri.
Koenig said the reports are needed to make sure abortions are completed and no tissue is left over after the procedure, which he said could pose a health risk.
In April, a federal judge granted Planned Parenthood's request to block state abortion clinic regulations, arguing that they hurt women's access to abortion.
The utility legislation was the product of the first special session called by Greitens. Abortion-rights activists also are staging a demonstration.
More than 200 abortion opponents cheered on GOP Gov. Eric Greitens as he called on lawmakers to strengthen regulations on abortion providers and overturn a St. Louis ordinance created to shield women from job and housing discrimination based on their reproductive choices.