The Missouri Senate has passed a bill along party lines that would ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. During the wee hours this morning, the chamber endorsed the measure that would also require both parents to be notified if a minor child is seeking an abortion.
Lake St. Louis Republican Bob Onder says many things were gutted in the bill, including protections for infants born alive after an abortion.
The proposal would also ban doctors from providing an abortion if the baby would have Down syndrome and abortions sought because of the sex or race of the child. It heads to the House.
Creve Coeur Democrat Jill Schupp says the legislation is still extreme and dangerous.
Under the proposal, abortion doctors would face five to 15 years in prison for violating the eight-week limit.