JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (April 4, 2018) – Yesterday, the Missouri House passed a bill that would prohibit most abortions after 20 weeks, defying a Supreme Court opinion prohibiting states from regulating abortions before 24 weeks.
Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Cape Girardeau) introduced House Bill 1266 (HB1266) on Jan. 3. The legislation would prohibit abortions after the fetus has reached “pain-capable gestational age.” This is defined in the bill as “22 weeks since the first day of the woman’s last menstrual period, generally consistent with the time that is 20 weeks after fertilization.”
The bill would allow doctors to perform abortions after 20 weeks to protect the life or health of the mother.
On April 3, the House approved HB1266 by a 117-31 vote.
Missouri could become the 20th state to ban abortions at 20 weeks or later. Last year, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed similar bills into law. Ohio Right to Life President Michael Gonidakis supported that measure.
“The 20-week ban was nationally designed to be the vehicle to end abortion in America. It challenges the current national abortion standard and properly moves the legal needle from viability to the baby’s ability …
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