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Missouri Lawmakers Pass Strict Antiabortion Bill, Joining a Wave of Conservative States
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=29839"><span class="small">Lindsey Bever, The Washington Post</span></a>   
Friday, 17 May 2019 13:24

Bever writes: "Missouri lawmakers have passed a strict antiabortion bill that will criminalize the procedure at eight weeks of pregnancy, following several other conservative states that have approved similar measures."

Protesters march through the halls of the Missouri Capitol outside the House Chamber on Friday, May 17, 2019, in Jefferson City, Missouri, in opposition to legislation prohibiting abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. (photo: David A. Lieb/AP)
Protesters march through the halls of the Missouri Capitol outside the House Chamber on Friday, May 17, 2019, in Jefferson City, Missouri, in opposition to legislation prohibiting abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. (photo: David A. Lieb/AP)


Missouri Lawmakers Pass Strict Antiabortion Bill, Joining a Wave of Conservative States

By Lindsey Bever, The Washington Post

17 May 19

 

issouri lawmakers have passed a strict antiabortion bill that will criminalize the procedure at eight weeks of pregnancy, following several other conservative states that have approved similar measures.

Missouri’s Republican-controlled House voted 110-44 on Friday to pass the bill and sent it to Republican Gov. Mike Parson for his approval. Parson, who has vowed to make Missouri “one of the strongest pro-life states in the country,” is expected to sign it into law.

HB 126, known as the “Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act,” would ban abortions before many women know they are pregnant, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

The vote came just hours before the state’s legislative session was set to end, and was preceded by an emotional debate in the House, where some lawmakers recounted their own experiences with abortion. Aside from some outbursts from spectators in the gallery and quiet sobbing that appeared to come from the House floor, the chamber was largely silent during the arguments.

Supporters said the bill would protect unborn children’s lives but opponents argued it would also put the mothers’ lives at risk, forcing them to either suffer or go underground to seek illegal and unsafe procedures.

Missouri’s Senate had approved the bill early Thursday, after similar legislation passed in Georgia, Mississippi and Ohio — and just after Alabama’s governor signed the nation’s most-restrictive abortion ban into law. The Alabama law makes it illegal for a woman to have an abortion at six weeks of pregnancy.

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.

The legislation defines a medical emergency 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.”

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, according to the bill.

The Missouri governor has showed strong support for the bill, tweeting before the votes: “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.”

Following the House vote, the Missouri GOP thanked lawmakers who “voted to protect the lives of the unborn.”

“Missouri just passed the strongest, most comprehensive pro-life bill in the country,” the party announced on Twitter. “This bill was designed to withstand a legal challenge, not to attract one.”

Missouri Democrats called the bill “far too extreme.”

“In their quest to join the legal challenge to Roe v. Wade, the extremist majority is putting $7 billion in healthcare dollars at risk for the most vulnerable Missourians, including children in parts of the state with higher infant mortality rates than in developing countries,” the group said in a statement. “This vote demonstrates in stark terms the importance of voting for candidates that will focus on policies that improve health outcomes rather than go backwards.”

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+3 # wilhelmscream 2019-05-17 13:53
SNL WILL slam these laws in AL and MO. The Cast stands up for women health choices
 
 
+3 # treerapper 2019-05-18 02:17
This goes hand in hand with the statements many elected Republican men have said about victims of rape. These creatures are part of the growing cesspool which desperately needs to be drained.
 
 
0 # DongiC 2019-05-18 03:07
Under the guise of protecting the unborn, the Conservatives are building a union of evil states. They block all reasons for abortion and threaten doctors who perform it with severely damaging consequences. They are so far: Alabama, Georgia,Missour i, Kentucky, North Dakota, Ohio with Louisiana and Mississippi preparing similar legislation. They all supported Trump in 2016 and many are noted for their voter suppression schemes, Historically, five fought with the South in the Civil War.

As we drift into open conflict between the forces of good and evil, between the red and the blue states, get ready for the coming of the anti-Christ. I am afraid that end times are upon us and everyone will have to choose which side they are on. The aforementioned states are demonstrating what choice they have made.

Their Evangelical Churches are just a fig leaf, a hypocritical cover for these inhumane actions. I don't think you would find the wonderful Christ in any one of their churches. The wrathful Christ, eventually, but not the historical Messiah. The second messiah, by the way, while living in a red state is "blue" to the core. He will be in action by mid June, 2019.
 
 
+1 # ddd-rrr 2019-05-18 07:42
I'm rapidly coming to the conclusion that "Republicans" are inherently
unable to think critically, logically, ethically, reflectively, or empathetically,
and that if this is true, this disqualifies them from participating
in most aspects of "good government".