Missouri is about to become the latest Republican-led state to enact a strict anti-abortion law. The Missouri House today approved a bill that had already cleared the state Senate, sending it to the desk of Republican Gov. Mike Parson, who has said he will sign it into law.
Like Alabama, the bill, HB 126, would prohibit abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy — after a heartbeat is detected — though many women often don’t know they’re pregnant in that time. The bill only includes exceptions for what it defines as medical emergencies, when the mother’s life is at risk or she is facing serious permanent injury, but NOT for pregnancies that are the result of rape or incest.
The bill’s passage comes days after Alabama’s abortion law — the most restrictive in the country — was signed by Gov. Kay Ivey. Under that law, doctors who performed abortions could be sentenced to life in prison. Alabama Republicans pushed the bill forward with the goal of it going before the Supreme Court, where they hope conservative justices will overturn the landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the US in 1973.
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