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USMissouri House approves near-total abortion ban, sends it to governor for signature

17:51  18 may  2019
17:51  18 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The Missouri House on Friday passed a near - total ban on abortion , outlawing the procedure after eight weeks of pregnancy, with no Opponents argued the bill wasn’t banning abortions , but banning access to a safe, legal abortion . The bill passed the Missouri Senate early Thursday, after

The Missouri House on Friday approved a restrictive abortion bill that would ban abortions after the eighth week of pregnancy -- one of a slew of such bills in red states that have sparked a heated national debate "Georgia is a state that values life," Kemp said before putting his signature to the LIFE Act.

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As onlookers in the gallery shed tears, some in elation, some in disgust, the Missouri House voted 110 to 44 Friday to ban abortions after 8 weeks of pregnancy, without exceptions for rape and incest.

The measure, the most restrictive in Missouri’s recent history, is on its way to Gov. Mike Parson’s desk for final approval.

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JEFFERSON CITY — Drawing jeers from abortion rights activists seated in the Missouri House , lawmakers on Friday approved a sweeping piece of anti- abortion legislation, a bill that would ban most abortions in the state of Missouri . The final vote was 110-44, and the proposal now heads to Gov.

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The bill would criminalize any abortion beyond eight weeks of pregnancy, except in cases of medical emergencies. Doctors who perform abortions after eight weeks face five to 15 years in prison. There is no punishment for the mother.

Emotions continued to run high as the measure headed for passage. Opponents chanted “when you lie, people die“ before being escorted out of the gallery.

House Republicans argued the bill protected the unborn and gave a “voice for the voiceless.”

“We are a pro-life state and we are here to prove it,” state Rep. Kathy Swan, R-Cape Girardeau, said.

The bill has been a priority for the Missouri Legislature. House Speaker Elijah Haahr choked up when urging members to vote for the bill, saying their vote would be remembered by their children and grandchildren.

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Abortion rights activists seated in the Missouri House react after lawmakers approved a sweeping piece of anti- abortion legislation, a bill that would "Every child has an intrinsic value given to them by the Creator of life. The bold legislation we sent to the Governor ’s desk is the strongest and most

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“I will vote yes on this bill and that vote will follow me for the rest of my life,” Haahr said. “And it will be the proudest vote I have ever taken.”

The vote was largely along party lines. State Rep. Joe Runions, D-Grandview, voted in favor and state Rep. Rory Rowland, D-Independence, voted “present.”

One anti-abortion Republican voted against the bill because there were no exceptions for rape or incest.

“(My constituents) think this is going too far,” Rep. Shamed Dogan, R-Ballwin, said.

Without those exceptions, the bill was not “pro-quality of life,” opponents countered.

“Life is more than breath,” state Rep. Barbara Washington, D-Kansas City, said.

They also noted the bill wasn’t banning abortions, but banning access to a safe, legal abortion.

“Bleach. Acid. Bitter concoction. Knitting needles. Bicycle spokes. Ballpoint pens. Jumping from the top of the stairs or roof -- these are ways women around the world who don’t have access to legal abortion perform their own,” state Rep. Sarah Unsicker, D-Webster Groves, said. “Abortion is a health care issue.”

Missouri's GOP-led legislature passes 8-week abortion ban

Missouri's GOP-led legislature passes 8-week abortion ban Missouri's Republican-led Legislature on Friday approved a sweeping bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy, joining Alabama and other states that have moved to severely restrict the procedure.Republican Gov. Mike Parson is expected to sign the bill. The ban would be among the most restrictive in the U.S. It would include exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. Doctors would face five to 15 years in prison for violating the eight-week cutoff. Women who receive abortions wouldn't be prosecuted.

The Missouri House of Representatives approved a bill that would ban most abortions on May 17, one day after it was The bill passage came the same week the Alabama governor signed a bill prohibiting abortions in all cases except for medical emergency, a bill that supporters said they hoped

Lawmakers in the Missouri state House of Representatives passed a bill Friday that would greatly restrict abortion rights in the state. Republican Governor Mike Parson, was expected to sign it into law although opponents like Keri Ingle and Sue Gibson say the bill is ''just wrong.''

The bill passed the Missouri Senate early Thursday, after more than 24 hours of continuous negotiations between Senate Democrats and the Republican super majority. That day anti-abortion activists flooded the Capitol, trying to get lawmakers to halt talks with Democrats and bring the bill up for a vote immediately.

A day before the Missouri Senate vote, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill that bars virtually all abortions at any stage of pregnancy. Other states, including Georgia and Mississippi, have banned abortion when a fetal heartbeat can be heard.

The intent is that one or more of these laws will draw a challenge to return the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court. Activists hope a new conservative majority will overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision affirming a woman’s right to an abortion without undue government interference.

The goal of the legislation was not to overturn Roe v. Wade, bill sponsor Rep. Nick Schroer said.

“However, if and when that fight comes, we will be fully ready,” Schroer, R-O’Fallon, said.

As a fail-safe, if the eight-week ban is thrown out by the courts, the bill also bars abortion after 14 weeks, 18 weeks and then 20 weeks. Under this provision, if there is a medical emergency during the third trimester, physicians must attempt to save the child.

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Bill needs another vote of approval in Republican-led House before it can go to the governor , who voiced support for an earlier version.

The measure also establishes criminal penalties for abortions sought solely because of a prenatal diagnosis, test, or screening indicating Down Syndrome or the potential of Down Syndrome in an unborn child.

The bill also doubles the amount of medical malpractice insurance an abortion provider is required to have. Physicians who perform medication abortions must have something called “tail insurance”, which continues to cover them after they’ve retired or changed employers.

It also expands a tax credit for pregnancy resource centers, family planning entities that discourage abortions. Those who donate to the centers will be reimbursed by the state for up to 70 percent of their contribution, higher than the previous 50 percent rate. The bill eliminated the cap on the tax credit, though its current $2.5 million ceiling has never been reached.

Lastly, if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion, Missouri law would automatically ban all abortions.

Parson has been an enthusiastic supporter of the bill and he has until July 14 to sign it.

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

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Kay Ivey signed the state's controversial near - total abortion ban Wednesday evening. The new law is the most restrictive anti- abortion measure passed in the The legislation — House Bill 314, "Human Life Protection Act" — bans all abortions in the state except when " abortion is necessary in order to

Sam Lee, a veteran Missouri anti- abortion activist and director of Campaign Life Missouri , said the bill approved by the Senate Thursday morning was written specifically to withstand legal challenges, right down to Missouri House approves near - total abortion ban , sends it to governor for signature .

The Missouri chapter of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists urged Parson to veto the bill.

“HB 126 would force clinicians to decide between their patient’s needs and facing criminal proceedings,” the group said in a statement. “All clinicians must be able to practice medicine that is informed by their years of medical education, training, experience, and the available evidence, freely and without threat of criminal punishment.”

Missouri already has highly restrictive abortion laws. Only one clinic -- Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis -- offers the procedure.

Those who seek abortions often visit clinics right across the Missouri border. Hope Clinic, in Granite City, Ill., has a billboard welcoming travelers from Missouri to Illinois, saying it’s where they can “have a safe, legal abortion.”

“Our doors remain open for any patient who needs abortion care,” Dr. Erin King, Hope Clinic’s executive director, said in a statement condemning the bill. “We will do everything in our power to make sure that further barriers like expenses associated with seeking this care such as traveling long distances, time off from work, and childcare are lessened to the best of our ability.”

The nearest clinic that offers abortion in the Kansas City metro area is in Overland Park, Kan.

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Missouri governor signs bill banning abortions at 8 weeks.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Friday signed a bill that bans abortions on or beyond the eighth week of pregnancy without exceptions for cases of rape or incest, making it among the most restrictive abortion policies in the nation. Under the law that comes into force Aug. 28, doctors who violate the eight-week cutoff could face five to 15 years in prison. Women who terminate their pregnancies cannot be prosecuted. A legal challenge is expected, although it's unclear when that might occur.

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