JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri (AP) – A Republican state official introduced legislation that would ban nearly all abortions in Missouri, mirroring a new Texas law.
St. Louis Post-Expedition reports that the bill introduced Thursday by State Representative Mary Elizabeth Coleman Arnold would prohibit terminating a pregnancy once cardiac activity is detected in an embryo, typically around six weeks and before certain women do not know they are pregnant.
His proposal would allow private citizens to sue clinics, doctors and anyone else who facilitates an abortion after heart activity is detected. It would also further limit funding for the state’s sole abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. Missouri’s only abortion clinic is in St. Louis.
Coleman’s legislation is part of at least 17 bills restricting or banning abortion introduced in the run-up to 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 and the lives of the people, to raise money for extremist ideological agendas in order to keep and to promote their own policy. Powerful.”
Coleman is running for the State Senate in 2022.