House Approves Sweeping Pro-life Bill

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After more than two hours of debate, the House approved a bill that would ban nearly all abortions in Missouri. The Missouri House voted 117 - 39 to send HB 126, sponsored byRep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon), to the Senate. All Republicans and three Democrats voted for the measure, which would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.  

During the bill's perfection, other pro-life amendments were added, including a ban on abortions after 20 weeks gestation, a ban on abortions performed on the basis of a Down Syndrome diagnosis, and a requirement that both parents be notified before a minor child can receive an abortion. HB 126 was also amended to include a "trigger law", which would go into effect if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade and would ban all abortions in the state except in cases of a medical emergency.  

In comments after the bill's passage, Rep. Schroer called HB 126 "the most comprehensive and strongest" pro-life legislation in the nation. HB 126 now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

March 1, 2019 - 3:04pm

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