Early on Thursday, Missouri’s Senate passed a bill that would ban abortions after the eighth week of pregnancy except in medical emergencies.
The vote came just a day after Alabama’s governor signed into law a ban on abortions at any time absent a medical emergency.
Good morning and for those just joining us, overnight the Missouri Senate passed a near-total abortion ban.https://t.co/AUCUIVZ8nr
— Jessica Mason Pieklo (@Hegemommy) May 16, 2019
According to Reuters, The bills, along with similar measures proposed in more than a dozen other states, are the latest effort by conservatives to challenge Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision from 1973 establishing a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy.
“This comprehensive, life-affirming legislation prohibits abortions once a heartbeat has been detected, prohibits abortions when a baby is capable of feeling pain, and would outlaw abortion in Missouri upon the reversal of Roe v. Wade,” the Missouri Senate Republicans said in a statement.
Democrats in the Missouri Senate opposed the bill.
The Missouri Stands for the Unborn bill will go back to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives for a final approval vote before it can head to Missouri Governor Mike Parson, a Republican, to be signed into law. The bill passed the Senate in a 24-10 vote, NBC News reported.
Parson has planned a news conference on Thursday afternoon in support of what he called “one of the strongest pro-life bills in the country.” [Read More]
BREAKING: Missouri Senate passes bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. https://t.co/Cexa64LoSt
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 16, 2019