Missouri Senate passes bill to ban abortions at 8 weeks

Carla Harmon
May 18, 2019

Missouri Governor Mike Parson called on state senators to take action on a bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy, the latest Republican-dominated USA state emboldened by the possibility that a more conservative Supreme Court could overturn its landmark ruling legalising the procedure.

Senators approved the bill at 4.05am, but it has not been officiated. Another House vote will be necessary to approve the standalone version of the heartbeat legislation, but the stronger bill's prior success bodes well for the prospects of the current vote.

Parson, a Republican, has voiced support of the bill and is expected to sign it if it reaches his desk.

In addition to not including exceptions for rape or incest, the Alabama law also allows a penalty of up to 99 years in prison for doctors who perform abortions.

Opponents say this amounts to a ban on abortion because cardiac activity in an embryo can be detected as early as the sixth week, before a woman may be aware that she is pregnant.

It is now unconstitutional to ban abortion before viability, which occurs at around 24-28 weeks pregnancy. The measly four women that are in the Alabama senate are all Democrats and all voted no.

The 25 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill are all white men. Ranging from 14 to 20 weeks.

The hashtag #YouKnowMe first started trending when Busy Phillips pointed out that many people don't realize they know someone who's had an abortion.

According to America's Health Rankings by the United Health Foundation, the rate of maternal mortality in Missouri are well above the national average and have been on the rise according to data from 2016 to 2018.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Thursday that he opposes the law, arguing that it "goes further than I believe". You only have so much political rage to spare, we get it.

'Rather than understanding that women's lives all hold different stories. "We cannot paint with a broad brush and interfere by putting a law forward that tells them what they can and cannot do". Due to strict abortion laws, many Irish women are forced to abort overseas.

But the ACLU of Alabama disagrees with Ivey and the bill's sponsors and wants to stop the law before it takes effect 6 months after it was signed. They also pointed to the large number of women have abortions because of sexual assault or because their lives are threatened.

The bill more than doubles the required medical malpractice insurance for abortion providers - and it bans abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned, something many view as a distinct possibility after changes in the U.S. Supreme Court under the Trump Administration. The ban is the strictest one passed anywhere in the 46 years since the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that there is a constitutional right to abortion. Medicine, morality, ethics, religion and politics all play a role in the issue of abortion around the world.

Abortion rights advocates have reacted with outrage, promising to challenge the measure in the courts. 'Limiting access to abortion is not just a women's issue - it is an issue that affects us all, ' said Clare Kenny, Director of Youth Engagement for GLAAD. In addition, anti-abortion laws also do not affect only women's ability to access abortion - they also affect nonbinary and trans people.

A 2015 study found these bisexual and lesbian women are nearly twice as likely as straight-identifying women to get pregnant before the age of 20. There are no exceptions for rape and incest, only for when a pregnancy creates a serious health risk for the mother.

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