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.
It's time to make Missouri the most Pro-Life state in the country! Thanks to leaders in the House and Senate, we are one vote away from passing one of the strongest #ProLife bills in the country – standing for life, protecting women’s health, and advocating for the unborn.
— Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) May 15, 2019
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.
Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act. To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious & that every life is a sacred gift from God. https://t.co/DwKJyAjSs8 pic.twitter.com/PIUQip6nmw
— Governor Kay Ivey (@GovernorKayIvey) May 15, 2019
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.
Every woman has the right to basic reproductive health care – yet Republicans have trampled over a long-standing constitutional right in their haste to push a radical anti-woman agenda.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) May 16, 2019
For any woman out there tonight who is afraid, angry, in disbelief, or feeling disenfranchised, know this: I am with you, & I will fight for you. Period! https://t.co/4DuDegTgwF
— Doug Jones (@DougJones) May 16, 2019
I’m sick and tired of these attacks on women’s rights. We are fighting to raise $80,000 for the organizations on the front lines of this fight. Pitch in today: https://t.co/jESkDv4whb
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 16, 2019
Ultimately, this is about women’s power.
When women are in control of their sexuality, it threatens a core element underpinning right-wing ideology: patriarchy.
It’s a brutal form of oppression to seize control of the 1 essential thing a person should command: their own body.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 16, 2019
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.