Missouri lawmakers are considering a bill that states, “God is the author of life” and “all persons have a natural right to life.” Extensive language in the measure would protect life “from conception to natural death” and would shield the unborn should the U.S. Supreme Court ever overturn its Roe v. Wade decision that led to the legalization of abortion nationwide in 1973.
The Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act would make abortion a class B felony for the abortionist, but the mother of an aborted child would not face charges.
House Speaker Elijah Haahr, a Republican, tweeted on Tuesday that the legislature had “just perfected the strongest pro-life bill in the country.” Gov. Mike Parson, also a Republican, said the Missouri effort was connected to a recent push by abortion advocates in other states to strip all legal protections from the unborn.
“As other states in our nation, like New York and Virginia, venture further and further away from the American ideal to uphold the right to life, I’m honored to lead a state with so many people committed to standing up for those without a voice,” Parson said. —S.G.