Missouri Senate Considers Banning Abortions After Eight Weeks
In Jefferson City, Missouri, the capital of this state in the Midwestern United States, senators consider banning abortion at eight weeks of pregnancy. Lawmakers in this Republican-led state have a deadline for passing bills that ends on Friday. Minority Democrats heavily protested against the bill.
This decision comes in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in the Roe vs. Wade case, which effectively legalized abortion. More conservative states, such as Missouri, are coming up with bills which makes it clear they are against abortions. This is seen as a push across the United States for new restrictions which would ban abortions throughout the country.
Missouri’s bill is in line with other states who’ve made similar moves. Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia, and Mississippi have already installed bans on abortions. According to the law in these states, once doctors can detect a fetal heartbeat, women are not allowed to carry out an abortion. Fetal heartbeats usually become detectable in the sixth week of pregnancy.
Kay Ivey, Alabama Republican Governor, signed the measure on Wednesday. With this new measure, performing an abortion during any stage of pregnancy is a punishable felony. Carrying out an abortion can give you 10 to 99 years in prison.