Though it's not quite as strict as the law that Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey just signed into law, an anti-abortion bill passed by lawmakers in Missouri on Friday would ban abortions after more than eight weeks. And with the state's governor poised to sign it, Missouri is about to become the latest state to pass a restrictive abortion law as Republicans angle to get the issue back in front of the Supreme Court.
Missouri's Republican-controlled House passed the bill, HB 128, with a 110-44 vote on Friday, one day after the Senate passed a similar bill. The bill would make it illegal for a woman to get an abortion after the eighth week of pregnancy.
Doctors who violate the law would face a Class B felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison (which isn't nearly as much as the 99 year maximum in Alabama).
Like the Alabama bill, Missouri's bill doesn't allow exceptions for rape and incest.
The bill now travels to the desk of Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, who is expected to sign it into law in about a week. Missouri would then join Ohio, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and a handful of other states in passing restrictive abortion laws designed to provoke legal challenges that will, presumably, ultimately be adjudicated by the Supreme Court.
Missouri just passed the strongest, most comprehensive pro-life bill in the country. This bill was designed to withstand a legal challenge, not to attract one. Thank you to all the members that voted to protect the lives of the unborn today. #moleg pic.twitter.com/xwVIoU9Omk— Missouri House GOP (@MOHouseGOP) May 17, 2019
Pro-choice advocates are terrified that the Supreme Court might invalidate Roe v. Wade as soon as next year, and with more states expected to pass restrictive abortion laws, President Trump is already delivering on one of the promises he made to the evangelicals.