Senate in Missouri adopted a bill early Thursday to ban the abortion of eight weeks of pregnancy
The Republican Senate approved legislation 24-10. He needs at least another vote of approval in the House of Representatives, who is also ruled by Republicans before he can head to Republican governor Mike Parson's office.
19659004] The bill includes exceptions for emergency medical cases, but not for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. Doctors who commit abortions after eight weeks face five to 15 years in prison
Parson, who backs the bill, said he believed that this allowed Missouri to be "one of the strongest pro-state states in the country".
Senate Democrats, including senator Jill Schop, from St Louis, attacked the bill on Wednesday.
"We can not paint with a wide brush and interfere with a law that tells them what they can and can not do," she added.
The Missouri bill comes as abortion opponents across the country, pushing for new restrictions, hoping the conservative US Supreme Court will overturn Rowe vs. Wade, his remarkable 1
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The bill contains an exception when pregnancy poses a serious risk to women's health but is no exception to rape or incest. Only those who commit the abortion, not the woman who receives it, will be punished. Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia have approved abortion bans after a fetal heartbeat is detected that can happen in the sixth week of pregnancy. 19659005] An Associated Press contributed to this report.