On Wednesday, the day after pro-life lobby day at the Capitol, the Senate Health and Pensions Committee voted multiple Senate pro-life bills out of committee. SB 279, sponsored by Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake St. Louis), would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks, a point at which an unborn child is capable of feeling pain. SB 279 was passed as a committee substitute that incorporated two other pro-life bills previously heard by the committee, SBs 139 and 354, sponsored by Sen. Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester).
SB 139 would prohibit abortion after a fetal heartbeat has been detected, which can be as early as six weeks depending on the method used. SB 345 is a "trigger law" that would outlaw all abortions in Missouri, except in cases of medical emergency, at such time that the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade or amends the Constitution to give states the right to fully regulate abortions. The committee passed the committee substitute of SB 279 by a vote of 4-0.
The committee also passed SB 312, sponsored by Sen. Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring), by a vote of 5-0. SB 312 provides that the mission of the Department of Health and Senior Services is to "ensure healthy Missourians at every stage of biological development, including the born and unborn." SBs 279 and 312 will now go to the Senate Rules committee before being considered by the Senate as a whole.
The Health and Pensions Committee also heard testimony this week on SB 388, sponsored by Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Republic). SB 388, also known as the "Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act", establishes penalties for any person who knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence, causes the death of a child born alive during an attempted abortion. The MCC testified in favor of the bill.
March 15, 2019 - 1:37pm