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Missouri becomes latest state to pass bill restricting abortion, bill moves to governor's desk

Posted at 1:17 PM, May 17, 2019

The Missouri House of Representatives passed a bill that bans abortion after eight weeks, sending it to the desk of Republican governor Mike Parson.

The House passed the bill with just hours remaining in the legislative session.

The bill bans abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy. It does not include a provision to allow abortions in the event of rape or incest. Doctors who perform abortions would face a prison sentence of between five and 15 years.

Missouri is just the latest state to pass a bill restricting abortion. Ohio, Georgia and Alabama have all passed laws in the hopes of curbing abortions in recent weeks. Republican controlled states have made a push to pass the laws now after the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, giving it a conservative majority.