The Missouri House is expected to vote today on a mammoth anti-abortion bill.
The legislation would ban doctors from giving women abortions if they are eight weeks into their pregnancy. Physicians who violate the ban would face 5 to 15 years in prison. The proposal would also prohibit doctors from providing an abortion if the baby would have Down syndrome and abortions sought because of the sex or race of the child. If passed by the House, which is expected, the measure would go to the governor’s desk. The clock is ticking. The legislative session is required to end by 6 p.m. today.
Under the legislation, abortion doctors would face 5 to 15 years in prison if they violate the ban. The Senate changed the measure before sending it to the House and Republican Bob Onder calls it the “Missouri Stands For the Unborn Act – Sort Of.”
Senate President and fellow Republican Dave Schatz disagrees.
Creve Coeur Democrat Jill Schupp is frustrated the bill does not exempt abortions for victims of human trafficking, rape or incest.