Multiple Pro-life Bills Heard in Committee this Week


This week, the House Children and Families Committee heard testimony on three bills that would limit abortions in Missouri. HB  339, sponsored by Rep. Adam Schnelting (R-St. Charles), and HB 680, sponsored by Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman (R-Arnold), would both prohibit abortions after 20 weeks, which is the time at which an unborn child can feel pain.  

The committee also heard HB 126, sponsored by Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon), which would prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks depending on the method used. While HB 126 would prohibit a much greater number of abortions in the state, several courts, including the Federal 8th Circuit Court (Missouri's circuit) have ruled such pre-viability bans unconstitutional.

In addition to hearing testimony on the above bills, the committee voted to pass HB 127, a bill that would require a consenting parent of a minor seeking an abortion to inform the other parent of the minor's decision to obtain an abortion in writing. That bill now goes to the House Rules-Administrative Oversight committee.

February 18, 2019 - 8:22am

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