JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Republican state representative has introduced legislation that would ban nearly all abortions in Missouri, mirroring a new Texas law.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the bill introduced Thursday by State Representative Mary Elizabeth Coleman of Arnold would ban the termination of a pregnancy once heart activity is detected in an embryo, usually about six weeks and before some women know it. Pregnant.
His proposal would allow private citizens to sue clinics, doctors and anyone else who facilitates an abortion after detecting heart activity. It would also further limit funding for the state’s only abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. Missouri’s only abortion clinic is in St. Louis.
Coleman’s legislation is one of at least 17 bills restricting or prohibiting abortion introduced ahead of the start of Missouri’s annual legislative session in January.
Maggie Olivia, policy manager for Pro Choice Missouri, said Coleman and other “extremist politicians” are “willing to sacrifice the will of the people and the lives of the people to raise money from extremist ideological agendas in order to maintain and advance their own policy”. Powerful.”
Coleman is running for state senate in 2022.
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