The Missouri Senate passed Thursday morning a bill banning abortion for eight weeks of pregnancy.
The Senate led by the Republicans approved the law 24-10. He needs at least another vote of approval in the Republican-led House of Representatives before he can go to Republican Governor Mike Parson's office.
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The bill provides for exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. Doctors who perform an abortion after eight weeks are punishable by five to fifteen years in prison.
Parson, who supports the bill, said he thought it would give Missouri the opportunity to be "one of the country's most powerful pro-life states".
Democratic senators, including Senator Jill Schupp of the St. Louis area, attacked the bill on Wednesday.
"A big part of this bill is shaming women into believing we are pregnancy vases rather than understanding that their lives have a different history," said Schupp.
"We can not paint with a broad brush and intervene by proposing a law that tells them what they can and can not do," she added.
The Missouri bill comes as abortion opponents across the country are calling for new restrictions, in the hope that the conservative US Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade, his landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion.
A few hours before the law was passed by the Missouri State Senate, Gov. Alabama Kay Ivey, a Republican, enacted a controversial abortion bill that will make abortion practice a reality. any stage of pregnancy a punishable offense of 10 to 99 years.
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The bill contains an exception for cases where pregnancy poses a serious risk to a woman's health, but not to rape or incest. Only those who practice abortion, not the woman who receives it, would be punished.
Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, and Georgia have approved the ban on abortion as soon as the fetal heart rate is detected, which can occur during the sixth week of pregnancy.
Associated Press contributed to this report.