Missouri Senate Passes Bill Banning Abortions at 8 Weeks

Lula Sharp
May 18, 2019

Missouri House lawmakers are expected to pass a bill on Friday to ban most abortions eight weeks after conception, days after Alabama introduced the nation's most restrictive abortion law. "One of them is MA, where the legislation proposes removing certain obstacles and expanding access", she further assured Holt.

The state Senate defeated a Democratic amendment that would have allowed abortions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. If doctors violate the eight-week cutoff, doctors could face between five and 15 years in prison, but women who seek abortions would not be prosecuted. In 2016, the Supreme Court struck down a Texas law that required all abortion clinics in the state to meet the same standards required of ambulatory surgical centers and also required all doctors who perform abortions in the state to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. It still requires another vote of approval in the state's GOP-led House of Representatives. 'Limiting access to abortion is not just a women's issue - it is an issue that affects us all, ' said Clare Kenny, Director of Youth Engagement for GLAAD.

Should the Missouri measure win final passage in the House it would go into effect on August 28, with or without the governor's signature.

Like other recently passed abortion bills, Republicans are hoping it will be a catalyst for overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in America. Governors in four have signed bills into law banning the procedure if an embryonic heartbeat can be detected, generally considered to be as early as six weeks.

Leaders at the state Planned Parenthood advocacy branch are calling a state bill that bans abortion, "a unsafe attack on Missourians' health care".

According to a new study at Newsbusters, the major networks have collectively "devoted nearly an hour (59 minutes, 38 seconds) of coverage (May 7-16)" to the pro-life laws while spending practically zero time on New York's radical late-term abortion law or the horrific statements from Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam back in January defending infanticide.

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While pro-life Americans would be thrilled with this development, pro-choice Americans are sounding the alarm over a "coordinated attack on Roe v. Wade and women's reproductive freedom". Gallup polls show that between 1976 and 2018, about 22 to 24 percent of the public believe that "abortion is legal under any circumstances,";15 to 21 percent think "abortion is illegal in all circumstances"; while about 50 to 60 percent of the public believe that "abortion is legal only under certain circumstances". "This is the type of legislation that is created to withstand a challenge and to actually save lives in our state".

MSNBC legal analyst Danny Cevallos said there is a "very good chance" Roe v. Wade will be overturned if challenged in the Supreme Court, after the Alabama Senate passing a near-total ban on abortion. Of those, 1,673 occurred at under nine weeks and 119 occurred at 20 weeks or later in a pregnancy. "Now, that second-parent notification only applies to the "parent of a minor who has been awarded joint legal custody or joint physical custody" by a court", the member station writes.

Still, some lawmakers on both sides of the debate walked away unhappy.

Democrat Schupp said even after changes, it's "an extreme and egregious piece of legislation that puts women's health at risk".

"It is outrageous that it has no exemptions for victims of human trafficking, rape or incest", she said.

Republican Sen. Bob Onder said negotiators went too far to compromise, leaving the bill "a shadow of what it once was".

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