Missouri passes “one of the strongest” abortion bills

Meghan King, Contributor

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A bill was approved by Missouri Senate early Thursday morning that would outlaw nearly every abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy or later, including in cases of rape or incest. This bill is known as the “Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act.” It is one of the most pro-life bills in the United States. 

Missouri already has some of the most restrictive abortion access laws in the country. Missourians seeking an abortion are subject to a 72-hour waiting period and only one abortion clinic exists in the state. Currently, Missouri’s only abortion clinic allows abortions up to 22 weeks into a pregnancy. The “Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act” prohibits abortions once a fetal cardiac action had been detected, prohibits abortions when a baby is able to feel pain, and would outlaw abortion in Missouri following the reversal of Roe v. Wade. In addition to having no exceptions for rape or incest, the bill also bans all abortions because of race, sex or a diagnosis of Down syndrome.  

The bill states that “any person who knowingly performs or includes an abortion of an unborn child in violation of this subjection should be guilty of a class B felony, as well as subject to suspension or vocation of his or her professional license.” Doctors would face five to 15 years in prison for violating the eight-week cutoff. Women who undergo abortions would not be prosecuted. Missouri’s bill includes an outright ban of abortions except in cases of medical emergencies. But unlike Alabama’s, this would only kick in if Roe v. Wade is over turned.