How Missouri's Senate Passed a Restrictive Abortion Bill Overnight

Noah Feldman ‘Heartbeat’ abortion bans are going nowhere before 2020

The state's Republican-led House will have to approve the legislation before it is sent to the desk of Republican Gov. Mike Parson.

Missouri's Republican-controlled state Senate passed a bill Thursday banning almost all abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy, becoming the latest state to pass restrictive abortion legislation.

Anti-abortion campaigners have been seeking to overturn a woman's constitutional right to an abortion ever since the US Supreme Court found they had that right in the 1973 decision Roe v. Wade.

"My administration will execute the laws the legislature passes and this pro-life administration will not back down", Parson told reporters Wednesday evening.

Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky and OH have also recently passed laws banning abortion after heartbeat activity is detected.

He's nearly certainly referring to Roe v. Wade. Three other states passed similar laws in previous years, Porter said. A woman who receives an abortion would not be held criminally liable. Performing an abortion will become a Class A felony - punishable by a life sentence or 10 to 99 years in prison - and attempting to perform an abortion will become a Class C felony, punishable by a prison sentence between one and 10 years.

Kay Ivey signed a bill that essentially outlaws all abortions, including in cases of rape and incest.

The momentum has picked up since Republican President Donald Trump appointed two justices to the nine-member Supreme Court in the past two years.

At a Thursday press conference, the minority leader was asked whether or not he thinks the new law in Alabama, which effectively bans all abortions, "goes too far".

"The anti-abortion lobby is ramping up its coordinated effort to challenge women's access to abortion, and Missouri is the latest target", Michelle Kuppersmith, director of Equity Forward, said in a statement.

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The Missouri bill also bans abortions motivated by the child's race or in cases in which a child is diagnosed with Down syndrome.

Known as the ROE Act, the bill would remove the requirement for minors to get parental consent for an abortion.

The new bill, which has caused worldwide outcry, bans all women in the state of Alabama from having an abortion after six weeks into their pregnancy.

Some believe this is a reaction toward recent moves in states such as NY and Virginia to relax restrictions on late-term abortions.

The bill passed the state's Senate and went back to the state's House of Representatives for final sign off. John Milkovich. Once passed, the legislation would head to Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, who has indicated that he will sign the bill.

"Federal law should supersede harmful state laws that take away women's reproductive freedom", Gillibrand said. He said his proposal provides that "once a heartbeat is detected, the baby can't be killed".

"Alabama lawmakers are capitalizing on strong pro-life sentiment in their state to say they don't like the legal status quo and prefer a world where there are very few abortions".

Georgia and Alabama have moved the goalposts for extreme anti-abortion laws.

Antiabortion lawmakers working on the state level can take these developments as evidence that the courts of appeal may uphold significant restrictions on abortion. But she said the heartbeat bill was designed in part to challenge Roe, which guarantees a woman's right to an abortion prior to the "viability" of the fetus to survive outside the womb.

Republican Rep. Barry Hovis, of Cape Girardeau, said in the chamber Friday that most of the sexual assaults he handled before retiring from law enforcement weren't strangers "jumping out of the bushes" but instead "date rapes or consensual rapes".

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