On Wednesday, the Senate Health and Pensions Committee heard testimony on HB 126, also known as the "Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act," sponsored by Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon). As Rep. Schroer pointed out in his opening remarks, the bill "began like all of us in this room - with a heartbeat." HB 126 was originally written to ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat was detected, which could be as early as six weeks of pregnancy. During its perfection in the House, the bill was amended to include other pro-life provisions, including a trigger law that would ban abortion in Missouri if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.
HB 126 also now includes week-specific abortion bans, which can be severed if they are found unconstitutional. The bill would ban all abortions, except in the case of a medical emergency, at eight weeks. If that ban is found to be unconstitutional, the ban moves to 14 weeks. If the 14-week ban is found unconstitutional, it moves to 18 weeks. Finally, if the 18-week ban is found unconstitutional, it moves to 21 weeks, the time at which an unborn child can feel pain. The MCC testified in support of HB 126.
If HB 126 is voted out of committee, it would then head to the full Senate for debate.
April 5, 2019 - 11:36am