Missouri's House passes bill banning abortions at 8 weeks of pregnancy – NBC News

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By Elisha Fieldstadt and Associated Press

Missouri’s Republican-led House passed a bill banning abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy with an exception for medical emergencies but not for rape or incest.

Republican Gov. Mike Parson is likely to sign the bill, following the governors of Alabama, Georgia and several other states who have also recently signed stringent abortion legislation.

“Until the day that we no longer have abortions in this country, I will never waver in the fight for life,” Parson said during a rally Wednesday.

Under the bill, which passed in the House by 110 to 44, doctors who perform an abortion after the eight-week cutoff could face five to 15 years in prison. Women who receive abortions would not be criminally penalized.

The debate before the vote Friday was briefly interrupted by abortion-rights supporters chanting “when you lie, people die” and “women’s rights are human rights.” They were escorted from the chamber, but following the vote shouted “shame, shame, shame” while marching through the Capitol.

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