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Missouri joins list of states with anti-choice bills

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Missouri State Capitol (Image by David Mark from Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate just voted to ban all abortions after eight weeks, according to media reports.

The Associated Press said that the bill includes exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. Doctors would face five to 15 years in prison for performing abortions. Women wouldn’t be prosecuted.

The vote came hours after Alabama signed into law the most restrictive abortion law in the country. In recent weeks, Georgia and Ohio have also passed extreme anti-choice laws. In February, a judge ruled that the state could require abortion clinics to have physicians with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. That left the state with a single clinic in St. Louis.

According to the AP, Republican Senate handler Sen. Andrew Koenig described it as “one of the strongest” abortion bills yet passed in the U.S.

The bill would only go into effect if Roe v. Wade is overturned. If the ban isn’t allowed to go into effect, it includes a ladder of less-restrictive time limits ranging from 14 to 20 weeks, the AP reported

“It is outrageous that it has no exemptions for victims of human trafficking, rape or incest,” St. Sen. Jill Schupp of St. Louis told the wire service.

It still needs to pass the GOP-controlled house before going to Republican Gov. Mike Parson. The AP reported that he’d already expressed support for a version of the bill.

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