We have this report from Missouri, which could be the next state to pass an abortion ban, this at eight weeks of pregnancy.
The Missouri Presidential Chamber is expected to send a radical bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy on the last day of the legislators in Friday's session, entering Alabama and many other states that have recently moved to strictly limit the procedure.
If enacted, the ban would be among the most restrictive in the United States. It would include exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. Doctors should face five to 15 years in prison for violating the eight-week cut. Women receiving abortions will not be prosecuted.
Republican governor Mike Parson is likely to sign the bill.
"Until the day when we no longer have abortions in this country, I will never falter in the struggle for life," Parson said during Wednesday's demonstration with supporters of the legislation.
The President of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund Leana Wen stated in a statement that the implementation of the measure would be "disastrous".
"The governor of Missouri Parson should be ashamed to ride the shameful tails of 25 white men in Alabama who have just voted to ban safe and legal abortion," Wen said.
The Missouri legislation comes after the governor of Alabama signed a bill on Wednesday making the abortion a crime in almost all cases.
Supporters say the Alabama law is intended to conflict with the 1973 Roe v. Decision. Wade legalizing abortion nationally in the hope of triggering a judicial process that could push the current group of more conservative judges to review abortion rights.
Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia have also approved a ban on abortion once fetal heart activity has been detected, which can occur in about the sixth week of pregnancy. Some of these laws have already been challenged in court, and similar restrictions in North Dakota and Iowa have previously been canceled by the courts.
The Missouri bill also includes an absolute ban on abortions, except in cases of medical emergency. But unlike Alabama, it would only come into play if Roe v. Wade is overthrown.
If the courts do not allow the proposed eight-week ban from Missouri to take effect, the bill includes a scale of less restrictive time limits that would prohibit abortion at 14, 18 or 20 weeks or pregnancy. Republican House President Elijah Haahr said the goal is for the legislation to address the challenges of the court.
A total of 3,903 abortions occurred in Missouri in 2017, the last full year for which the State Department of Health and Senior Services has online statistics. Of these, 1,673 occurred within nine weeks and 119 occurred at 20 weeks or later in pregnancy.
Missouri lawmakers have until 18:00 Friday to spend their bills.