Today Missouri’s Republican-controlled House voted with a sweeping majority to pass new anti-abortion legislation. The bill, which passed by 110-44 is “one of the strongest pro-life states in the country” said Republican Governor Mike Parson who is expected to sign it into law. The bill, known as the “Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act” was approved yesterday by Missouri’s Senate and is similar to legislation sweeping the nation addressing abortion.
According to The Washington Post:
“If signed into law, as expected, Missouri’s HB 126 will make it illegal for a woman to get an abortion after the eighth week of pregnancy and provide no exceptions for rape or incest – only for medical emergencies.”
In the legislation, a medical emergency is defined as:
A condition which, based on reasonable medical judgment, so complicates the medical condition of a pregnant woman as to necessitate the immediate abortion of her pregnancy to avert the death of the pregnant woman or for which a delay will create a serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman.
It’s not just the pregnant women who are addressed in the bill. “Doctors who violate such a law would face a Class B felony, punishable by five to 15 years in prison, as well as suspension or revocation of his or her professional license.”
Not only was the issue debated on the House floor with crying and legislators sharing their own personal stories but have taken over social media as well. The Missouri governor tweeted before the votes: “It’s time to make Missouri the most Pro-Life state in the country! Thanks to leaders in the House and Senate, we are one vote away from passing one of the strongest #ProLife bills in the country – standing for life, protecting women’s health, and advocating for the unborn.”
It's time to make Missouri the most Pro-Life state in the country! Thanks to leaders in the House and Senate, we are one vote away from passing one of the strongest #ProLife bills in the country – standing for life, protecting women’s health, and advocating for the unborn.
— Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) May 15, 2019
Planned Parenthood responded on Twitter: “We. Will. Not. Stop. Fighting. #StopTheBans #MoLeg”
— Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri (@PPMO_Advocates) May 17, 2019