Missouri House passes ‘strongest pro-life bill in the country’
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, February 29, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – This week, the Missouri House overwhelmingly passed what has been called the strongest pro-life bill in America, in the form of legislation that combines almost every pro-life legislative proposal in the current session.
The House voted 117-39 for the omnibus Wednesday, The Kansas City Star reported, after “two days of circuitous, occasionally bizarre, often deeply-personal and impassioned debate.”
House Bill 126 contains the previously introduced ban on aborting babies with detectable heartbeats and requirement for two-parent parental notification, and adds a ban on abortions motivated by a baby’s race, sex, or Down syndrome, as well as “trigger” language that would automatically ban abortion once Roe v. Wade is overturned.
“What is this thing in a woman’s body?” asked Republican state Rep. Mike Moon. “I believe the answer is that it’s a human. I believe when we’re talking about a human life, how barbaric is it to consider snuffing out a human life before it has a chance to breathe on its own?”
The bill now moves on to the state Senate, which Republicans also control 24-10, but where Democrats plan to mount a filibuster in hopes of derailing it. “Oh hell yeah,” Democrat state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed said earlier this month of whether his party would use the tactic.
If House Bill 126 makes it through the Senate, Gov. Mike Parson says he will sign it.
“I’m honored to lead a state with so many people committed to standing up for those without a voice,” the Republican governor declared in a statement. “I applaud the bipartisan efforts of the Missouri House of Representatives for choosing to take a bold stand to protect women’s health and the right to life.”
Every part of the omnibus bill is likely to be met with a lawsuit, and the heartbeat language in particular bans abortion far earlier than the current limits defined by Roe. Pro-lifers currently pushing heartbeat bills in several states are counting on that, however; they argue now is the time to force the Supreme Court to review the 1973 ruling, in hopes it restores Americans’ freedom to vote directly on every major aspect of abortion’s legality.