Missouri Republicans Rush to Criminalize Abortion Care
Missouri Republicans Rush to Criminalize Abortion Care
Alabama governor signs bill, banning virtually all abortions, into law
18 May, 2019, 04:59
Pro-choice supporters protest in front of the Alabama State House as Alabama state Senate votes on the strictest anti-abortion bill in the United States at the Alabama Legislature in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. May 14, 2019. The new law provides no exception to scenarios involving rape or incest victims. That law, which goes into effect January 1, 2020, could see doctors who perform abortions facing sentences up to 99 years in prison.
Minimizing the issue to only "women's rights" excludes many others who are also in need of safe and legal abortion services.
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They have been emboldened by the addition of two conservative justices nominated by President Donald Trump, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, who give the nine-member court a conservative majority.
During a rally at Georgia's state Capitol on Thursday, the NY senator criticized recent abortion bans signed into law in Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia and Alabama as "a nationwide assault on women's constitutional rights by ideological extremists".
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"In Alabama and several other states, like Missouri and OH, abortion bans are being passed in the hope that they'll be appealed to the Supreme Court and become the opportunity for the court to fully overturn Roe v. Wade", Galdieri said, referring to the 1973 landmark case.
The bill, dubbed Missouri Stands With The Unborn, would outlaw performing an abortion in almost all cases. Thursday's promise adds to Gillibrand's commitment to only appoint judges and Supreme Court justices committed to upholding Roe v. Wade. "This comprehensive, life-affirming legislation prohibits abortions once a heartbeat has been detected, prohibits abortions when a baby is capable of feeling pain, and would outlaw abortion in Missouri upon the reversal of Roe v. Wade".
State representative Kathy Swan (R., Cape Girardeau), a co-author of the legislation, said that Missouri needed to be proactive about defending the lives of the unborn.
It also requires a parent or guardian giving written consent for a minor to get an abortion to first notify the other parent, except if the other parent has been convicted of a violent or sexual crime, is subject to a protection order or is "habitually in an intoxicated or drugged condition".
Neighboring Alabama, however, took one look at Georgia's law and decided "anything you can do, I can do worse".
Still, some lawmakers on both sides of the debate walked away unhappy.
Democrat Schrupp said even after changes, it's "an extreme and egregious piece of legislation that puts women's health at risk". There is no exception for pregnancies resulting from rape and incest.
"This bill is very extreme, and it ... affects my viewpoint of living in the state itself", said senior Melanie Parker.
Just past year, the Legislature approved - and Baker signed - what advocates called the "NASTY Women Act", which repealed several old state laws that were unenforceable under Roe v. Wade.
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