Despite massive outcry, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, on Friday, signed a bill that bans abortions on or beyond the eighth week of pregnancy without exceptions for cases of rape or incest, making it among the most restrictive abortion policies in the nation.

 

Doctors who violate the eight-week cutoff, which goes into effect Aug. 28, could face five to 15 years in prison.

 

“This bill is an all-out assault on the rights, health, and lives of women in Missouri," , said NARAL Pro-Choice America Vice President Adrienne Kimmell. "Governor Parson and the anti-choice legislators behind H.B. 126 are stripping Missourians of their fundamental freedoms while taking aim at Roe v. Wade. In the last few days, we witnessed an unprecedented mobilization by women and allies across the country against this kind of extreme ban on abortion, and we are not backing down. We are watching with eyes wide open as the anti-choice agenda, which criminalizes abortion and punishes women, is laid bare for all to see.”

 

Missouri’s bill is part of a new wave of extreme bans on abortion sweeping the country, restricting reproductive freedom and representing an all-out assault on abortion access. It comes on the heels of Alabama’s governor signing a total abortion ban into law, with no exceptions for rape or incest, and Georgia’s governor signing a bill that makes abortion illegal before many women even know they’re pregnant and that could throw doctors in jail and lead to women being investigated or prosecuted.

 

"By signing HB 126, Gov. Parson has put politics over patients. This bill is his entry into a political race to overturn Roe and criminalize abortion outright, despite the fact that 64% of Missourians support Roe and do not want politicians interfering in the doctor-patient relationship," said Planned Parenthood in a statement.

 

Overall, thirty states have introduced, passed, or signed into law bans on abortion this year alone.

 

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