A bill that bans abortions on or past the eighth week of pregnancy has been signed by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson. The bill does not allow for exceptions in cases of rape and incest but does allow for “medical emergencies exceptions,” such as when there is risk or death or serious permanent injury to the woman.
In a statement after signing the bill Parson said, “By signing this bill today, we are sending a strong signal to the nation that, in Missouri, we stand for life, protect women’s health, and advocate for the unborn. All life has value and is worth protecting.”
Parson also went on to say that he believes the legislation meets the standard for what would be constitutional in the state.
The bill’s “medical emergency exception” defines risk of death or major injury to the pregnant woman as, “a major bodily function of the pregnant woman.”
The Missouri bill is considered one of the most restrictive in the country. The bill will become law on August 28, and any doctor in the state who breaks the abortion ban could face as much as 15 years in prison. The bill also sends a strong message to the rest of the country. The bill includes a provision that states if Roe v. Wade is overturned abortion would be outright banned.
Legal action against the state is expected. Fox reported the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri is looking at ways to fight back. The union is exploring “all options, including litigation, to block the law from going into effect.”
GOP lawmakers voted in favor of the bill said they did so because once a fetus has developed to feel pain it should not have to go through the pain of such a procedure.
The Missouri bill (HB 126) passed on the heels of an Alabama abortion ban, a bill that Democrats have called the most restrictive abortion ban in the U.S.
This month, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed an abortion law completely banning the procedure. Doctors who perform the procedure could fast up to 99 years in prison. The Alabama law is set to go into effect in six months and would only allow for exceptions if the pregnant woman’s life was in danger.
This past weekend, President Donald Trump voiced his stance on the matter.
As most people know, and for those who would like to know, I am strongly Pro-Life, with the three exceptions – Rape, Incest and protecting the Life of the mother – the same position taken by Ronald Reagan. We have come very far in the last two years with 105 wonderful new…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2019
Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to PACs. Follow her AIM border stories, @MarissaAlisa