On Friday, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed a bill that will ban abortions on or before eight weeks!
The abortion laws have been a major topic of conversation for a long time, but has become more important in the last few weeks with states banning them at a certain point!
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has now joined Alabama in banning abortions on or beyond the eighth week of pregnancy without exceptions for cases of rape or incest. This makes their ban the one of the most restrictive abortion policies in the nation.
With the law set to be put in place August 28th, any doctor that performs an abortion ater 8 weeks could spend between 5 and 15 years in prison. As for the women who go through with an abortion within 8 weeks, they will recieve no punishment.
There are exceitions to the abortion ban which include medical emergencies, such as when there is a risk of death or permanent physical injuries to “a major bodily function of the pregnant woman.”
“Is it a terrible thing that happens in those situations? Yes it is. … But the reality of it is bad things do happen sometimes. But you have two months to decide what you’re going to do with that issue, and I believe in two months you can make a decision,” Gov. Parson said.
In objection to the new ban, the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri said it was exploring
“all options, including litigation, to block the law from going into effect.”
Missouri’s bill also includes an outright ban on abortions except in cases of medical emergencies, but that would kick in only if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
As of now, the state only has one clinic performing abortions, which is in St. Louis. A total of 2,910 abortions occurred in 2018 in Missouri, according to the agency.