Missouri lawmakers approve bill to ban abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy

Missouri lawmakers approve bill to ban abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy

In addition, the Daily Wire's Michael Knowles noted that Alabama already "has some of the toughest rape laws in the country", with first-degree rape qualifying as a Class A felony punishable by up to 99 years, the same classification as committing an abortion under the new law.

Warren notes a similar but not as severe bill is sitting before the Missouri Legislature. Singer Lady Gaga called it "heinous" and an "outrage" and former Captain America star Chris Evans called it "absolutely unbelievable", while Bravo talk host Andy Cohen "there is a cold place in hell for the Alabama Senate".

Women would no longer be able to seek an abortion legally in the state if they had fallen pregnant through rape. "These bans on safe, legal abortion will have real costs - expensive legal costs and human costs for the women and families who need reproductive health care".

Republican-led legislatures in many U.S. states have passed bills restricting abortion.

Alabama officials say their law is created to take on the Supreme Court's 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade.

It also includes a so-called "trigger" function, meaning that if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court, abortion will automatically become illegal in Missouri.

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She would also prohibit states from limiting access to the medications that are used to perform abortions. And they are hoping the Supreme Court will back their radical play. Republicans have pushed for the opposite, imposing rules that prohibited government-backed insurance from covering abortion services and trying to limit the ability of private insurers to do so.

The issue of abortion has been thrust into the national dialogue in recent weeks after a series of states controlled by Republicans began passing legislation to enact hard line bans.

"These kinds of restrictions are medically-unnecessary and exist for only one goal: to functionally eliminate the ability of women to access abortion services", Warren wrote. "No abortions after a heartbeat is detected, no abortions after the baby can feel pain, abortions are outlawed after Roe v. Wade is overturned".

But with a Supreme Court leaning further to the right under the Trump administration, Warren says the law has a chance to succeed.

In Roe, Texas argued that "the fetus is a "person, '" whose right to life was protected by "due process" and "equal protection" of law under the 14th Amendment".

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