Missouri Senate follows Alabama in seeking to outlaw most abortions

Missouri Senate follows Alabama in seeking to outlaw most abortions

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Gov. Kay Ivey, pictured Tuesday at an Alabama Emergency Management Agency's routine hurricane exercise in Clanton, Ala., signed the state's abortion bill on Wednesday evening. The Alabama Senate passed the bill Tuesday night. (Hal Yeager/Governor's Office)

WASHINGTON – Hours after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed the nation’s strictest abortion measure into law, the Missouri Senate approved legislation that would ban abortion eight weeks into pregnancy.

The measure passed early Thursday morning 24-10. It now heads to the House.

Republicans have a majority of seats in both chambers.

Gov. Mike Parson (R) has intimated he will sign the measure.

The legislation would allow abortions after eight weeks to protect the life and/or health of the mother. It does not include exceptions for victims of rape and incest.

Doctors who perform abortions after eight weeks could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.

The Alabama bill Ivey signed Wednesday evening makes abortion and attempted abortion a felony except in cases where the procedure is necessary to protect the life and/or health of the mother. Like the Missouri legislation, it does not exclude cases of rape or incest.

Doctors who perform abortions in Alabama could be sentenced to up to 99 years in prison.

The legislation does not go into effect for six months.

The signing of restrictive abortion bills in Alabama and Georgia and the expected passage and signing of the Missouri bill have caused panic among abortion rights groups, many of which see the confluence of events as a precursor to a legal challenge against the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade.

Roe invalidated state laws that prohibited abortion.

If Roe were overturned, states could again outlaw abortion.

Congressional Democrats blasted the abortion restrictions.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has said it will sue over the laws. The group sued Ohio on Wednesday over its ban on abortions at six weeks or later.

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