Saturday 24 August 2019

Missouri to ban abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy - even for rape victims

Bianca Cameron-Schwiesow, from left, Kari Crowe and Margeaux Hartline, dressed as handmaids, take part in a protest against HB314, the abortion ban bill, at the Alabama State House in Montgomery, Ala. Photo: Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP
Bianca Cameron-Schwiesow, from left, Kari Crowe and Margeaux Hartline, dressed as handmaids, take part in a protest against HB314, the abortion ban bill, at the Alabama State House in Montgomery, Ala. Photo: Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP

Tom Barnes

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

Senators approved the legislation by 24 votes to 10 yesterday morning, just hours before a deadline to pass bills.

It will require another vote of approval in the state's GOP-led house, before it can be signed off by Republican governor Mike Parson, who has already announced he supports the measures.

If passed, the bill will see Missouri introduce some of the most stringent laws on abortion in the US, allowing terminations only in cases of medical emergency.

Women would no longer be able to seek an abortion legally in the state if they had fallen pregnant through rape.

The Missouri bill comes as a number of states across the US, including Alabama, have taken steps to place tough new restrictions on the procedure. (© Independent News Service)

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