The Missouri State Senate continues in the push to protect the unborn passing a bill which would prohibit abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy.
The state’s upper chamber passed the measure Thursday in a 24 to 10 vote just hours after Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill into law banning nearly all abortions in the state.
The measure includes exceptions for medical emergencies but does not account for pregnancies caused by rape or incest.
Doctors who perform abortions after the eight-week period could face up to 15 years behind bars if found guilty.
Women who receive abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy would not be prosecuted.
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— Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) May 15, 2019
This comes as other states, including Kentucky, Ohio, and Georgia, have advanced measures banning abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson has already expressed support for the legislation and aims to be an example to other states across the nation in the fight to protect the unborn.
The bill will now be voted on in the State House of Representatives and then head to the governor’s desk for an official stamp of approval.