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Missouri lawmakers approve abortion bill

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/17/19, 02:20 pm

The Missouri House of Representatives on Friday passed sweeping protections for unborn babies in the state in a 110-44 vote. The state Senate approved the bill early Thursday morning, and Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, is expected to sign it into law. Except in cases of medical emergency, the legislation would protect babies from abortion as early as eight weeks into a pregnancy, but it also includes a ladder of optional cutoffs at 14, 18, or 20 weeks of gestation that would take effect if a court ruled against the law. Abortionists would face five to 15 years in prison for violating the cutoff. Women who receive abortions would not face prosecution.

The bill also includes a “trigger clause” that would protect babies from abortion at all stages of pregnancy, except for medical emergencies, should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which led to the legalization of abortion nationwide. State Rep. Nick Schroer, a Republican who authored the bill, said his legislation is “made to withstand judicial challenges and not cause them.” Alabama this week enacted a law making abortion a felony at any stage of pregnancy except when the mother’s health is at serious risk. That law’s authors said they wrote the bill specifically to incite a court battle.

“While others are zeroing in on ways to overturn Roe v. Wade and navigate the courts as quickly as possible, that is not our goal,” Schroer said. “However, if and when that fight comes we will be fully ready. This legislation has one goal, and that goal is to save lives.”

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • CM
    Posted: Fri, 05/17/2019 03:57 pm

    I hope and pray that these bills will protect the lives of unborn babies, but I also hope and pray that the church will not forget the lessons learned from Roe v Wade: that pregnant girls/women are to be treated with compassion, that the church should embrace, showing the love of Christ rather than condemnation, and that children born to anyone, anywhere, under any circumstance are created in the Imago Deo and should be loved, protected, and provided for as much as possible.  Perhaps if we had been less condemning of unwed mothers, Roe v Wade would never have come about.  

    Posted: Fri, 05/17/2019 08:23 pm

    Good one, Mr. McIntosh

  • Tiggersuze
    Posted: Sat, 05/18/2019 10:46 am

    Amen to that, Clarke McIntosh!  Exactly what I was thinking.  Love and compassion are needed.  The felony part does not sit well with me.  (Don’t see what that would accomplish at all!)  The sonograms given to  pregnant women who are considering abortion are probably the best and most real way to see what is true.  

  • Laura W
    Posted: Sat, 05/18/2019 07:40 pm

    From the other article, the Alabama bill "makes performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by prison time for abortionists—but not for mothers"