Southwest Missouri businessman willing to fund push to undo abortion ban

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson delivers his State of the State address in Jefferson City, Mo. Parson on Wednesday, May 15, called on state senators to take action on a bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy, the latest GOP-dominated state emboldened by the possibility that a more conservative Supreme Court could overturn its landmark ruling legalizing the procedure. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A wealthy GOP political donor is willing to bankroll a possible ballot initiative to repeal a Missouri ban on abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy.

Missouri businessman David Humphreys had made a public pitch for Gov. Mike Parson to veto the bill. But the Republican governor signed it into law Friday anyway.

Greg Blair, a consultant who released Humphreys' statement, confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that he would be open to funding a potential effort to repeal the legislation.

Humphreys in a Thursday statement had called the measure "bad public policy and bad for Missourians." He cited the lack of exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest.

The eight-week ban is set to take effect Aug. 28 unless it's blocked in court.

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