A bill which would have — in effect — required a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion has been rejected by a House Committee. The committee voted to merely require informed consent from a women who is seeking an abortion — which many argued is already in practice today. A minority of members on the panel wanted a new law which would require abortion providers to have a conversation with a patient about all the potential effects of an abortion — 24 hours before the abortion is performed. Representative Dolores Mertz, a democrat from Ottosen, supports that 24-hour waiting period — hoping it will reduce the number of abortions if women are presented with all sorts of medical information about the proceedure.