How Missouri's Senate Passed a Restrictive Abortion Bill Overnight

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Missouri's Republican-led senate has passed a bill to ban abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy, even in cases of rape.

Missouri's state senate has passed a controversial bill that would outlaw almost all abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy.

This followed the state's senators' passing House Bill 314, another piece of legislation effectively banning abortion in the state.

Flanked by abortion rights advocated at the Georgia state house Thursday, Sen.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson arrives for a news conference on May 14, 2019, in his Capitol office in Jefferson City, Missouri. While the proposal includes exceptions for medical emergencies, it does not apply to pregnancies caused by rape or incest.

There's still a ban on abortions at eight weeks, but there's no longer a ban on abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

The bill would outlaw abortion even in the case of rape or incest after eight weeks of pregnancy, with violations by doctors punishable by prison sentences, though women who seek out the procedure would not be subject to criminal prosecution.

The approved version of the wide-ranging bill bans abortions based exclusively on race, sex or a "prenatal diagnosis, test, or screening indicating Down Syndrome or the potential of Down Syndrome". The Senate was supposed to reconvene at 4:30 p.m.to resume debate. But lawmakers ultimately voted in its favor. It is one of the most restrictive and extreme abortions bills since Roe.

'Meanwhile, Missouri has one of the highest maternal death rates in the country'.

Speaking on Wednesday, St. Louis-area Democratic Senator Jill Schupp criticized the bill.

According to the New York Times, she told colleagues: 'So much of the bill is just shaming women into some kind of complacency that says we are vessels of pregnancy.

'Rather than understanding that women's lives all hold different stories.

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It might be easy for Oregonians to brush aside these faraway laws, dumping them into a mental box labeled "other states' problems" shared with Roy Moore and anti-LGBT "bathroom bills."

Already, only one clinic in the state performs abortions. Due to strict abortion laws, many Irish women are forced to abort overseas.

A total of 3,903 abortions occurred in Missouri in 2017, the last full year for which the state Department of Health and Senior Services has statistics online.

In Alabama, the possible punishment for doctors is 99 years.

Supporters say the Alabama bill is meant to conflict with the 1973 Roe vs Wade decision that legalised abortion nationally, in hopes of sparking a court case that might prompt the current panel of more conservative justices to revisit abortion rights.

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Undoubtedly, the attack on an American's right to an abortion is an LGBTI issue.

GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTI media organization, denounced the bills.

"Bit by bit, we've protected the health and safety of Missouri women and encouraged them to choose life for their unborn children, and we have made an impact", Onder said in a release.

While most networks did ignore the clear extremism on display with the NY abortion law, "NBC Nightly News" actually hailed the law as "good news" in the fight for abortion rights, according to LifeNews.

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.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders posted a video of a woman whose mother died from an illegal, self-induced abortion in 1944.

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