Missouri abortion ban: protesters disrupt debate as House passes extreme bill

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A bill passed Friday would push back the start date for public schools by an extra four days.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren released a plan on Friday aimed at protecting abortion rights amid mounting Republican efforts to reverse, or at least chip away at the historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling.

Want more Rewire.News? Get the facts, direct to your inbox. The legislation's sponsors said it was crafted as a challenge to the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. "Shame on him for suggesting the government should have a say in when and whether someone becomes a parent".

There is no word on when exactly the House will take up the bill.

The Missouri bill stipulates a few additional elements not included in the Alabama bill, like a specific ban on abortions done on the basis of race or sex of the fetus or a diagnosis or screening indication of Down Syndrome.

Under current law, Missouri allows abortions up to 22 weeks into pregnancy; 5,130 abortions were provided in Missouri in 2014, according to Guttmacher Institute data.

Of course, Warren's proposal and the explicit connection of abortion to Medicare for All relies heavily on a perception of abortion as "health care" a characterization which obscures the reality that abortion is not just a procedure that pregnant women undergo; it is the ending of an unborn life.

"Today Missouri has sent the strongest #ProLife bill in our nation to @GovParsonMO", tweeted the bill's sponsor, Republican Rep. Nicholas Schroer.

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Senate Democrats filibustered for several hours on Wednesday before the Senate went into recess and worked behind the scenes before taking a final vote.

Missouri's Republican-led Legislature has passed a sweeping bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy, and Republican Gov. Mike Parson is expected to sign it. "Sometimes you make a mistake and you own up to it". Kiki Curls and Lauren Arthur.

Alabama Republicans pushed the bill forward with the goal of it going before the Supreme Court, where they hope conservative justices will overturn the landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the U.S. in 1973.

"Bit by bit, we've protected the health and safety of Missouri women and encouraged them to choose life for their unborn children, and we have made an impact", Onder said in a release.

Alabama's Republican governor, Kay Ivey, signed the bill that has made an abortion a felony in almost all cases with no exceptions for rape and incest, all of which are punishable by up to life in prison.

Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Leana Wen said in a statement Thursday that enacting the measure would be "disastrous". "Women: it's time to rise up".

So what happens next with the Alabama abortion ban?

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