Missouri Republicans Introduce Bills to Charge Women Who Receive Abortions With Murder
Republicans in both the Missouri State House and Senate have introduced bills for the legislative session that begins in January that would charge women who receive abortions with murder. Missouri has a total ban on abortion on all stages of pregnancy with limited exceptions. The new bills maintain those bans and add the ability for prosecutors to charge the women receiving abortions with homicide, with exceptions if the woman terminates a pregnancy after being coerced or threatened, or if a physician provides an abortion to save the life of the woman.
"To me, it’s just about protecting a baby’s life like we do every other person’s life," said Republican state Rep. Bob Titus, who sponsored one of the bills. "The prosecution is just a consequence of taking an innocent human life."
A pregnant Texas woman asked a court for permission to get an abortion, despite a ban. What's next?
Kate Cox, a mother of two in Texas, became pregnant again in August but soon after learned devastating news: Her baby has a fatal condition and is likely to either be stillborn or die shortly after birth.
Whether Cox, who is 20 weeks pregnant, can legally receive an abortion under narrow exceptions to the state's ban is now in limbo while the Texas Supreme Court considers her case. The court, which is made up of nine Republican justices, gave no timetable on when it might rule.