Missouri House of Representatives expected to approve Senate's abortion ban Friday

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The early morning vote on the abortion ban bill came the day after a 28 hour filibuster on Springfield Republican Senator Lincoln Hough's economic development bill.

"The minority party worked well with us, and gave up some things, our members gave up some things, at the end of the day, that's what this process is all about," Hough said.

The bill would ban abortions after eight weeks, but its a straightforward eight weeks. Changes to the bill Wednesday night got rid of the need for a doctor to detect a fetal heartbeat or brain activity.

The only exception for an abortion under the bill is for a medical emergency. There are no exceptions for cases of rape or incest.

House Minority Leader, Springfield Democrat Representative Crystal Quade says this is bad for young children who are impregnated by a rapist.

"This bill says they're going to have to carry these babies to term and re-victimize these young children. That's something that, across the board, my caucus has some serious issue with, and I believe a lot of Missourians do," Quade said.

Republican Senator Bob Onder of St. Charles defended not allowing this exception early Thursday morning.

"We believe that a second violent act does not fix a violent act," Onder said. "We don't believe in the death penalty for the crime of the father of the baby."

Under the bill, doctors could face five to 15 years behind bars for performing a banned abortion. Women, though, wouldn't be punished for having one.

Unlike Alabama's abortion law signed by Governor Kay Ivey, Missouri's abortion law would go into effect as soon as it's signed by Governor Mike Parson.

Quade says this could open Missouri up to lawsuits, being the vehicle to possibly overturn Roe v. Wade.

House Speaker Elijah Haahr says that's not the case.

"Our's is cognizant of the fact that Roe v. Wade is law of the land," Haahr said. "We plan to operate in those confines. WE also have a trigger mechanism if Roe v. Wade is over turned, we'd ban abortion back to conception. Obviously, our bill will have a legal challenge. we believe it will beat back that legal challenge, but that's not the purpose of the bill. The purpose of the bill is to save lives in Missouri."

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