Missouri Governor Mike Parson called on state senators to take action on a bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy, the latest Republican-dominated U.S. state emboldened by the possibility that a more conservative Supreme Court could overturn its landmark ruling legalising the procedure. The freshman lawmaker's latest comments came after she retweeted singer and two-time Oscar-winning actress Barbra Streisand.
Dozens of studies have found that limited abortion access coincides with more unwanted pregnancies, more women opting for risky illegal abortions, and more women pushed into debt trying to access an out-of-state abortion (or raising a child they hadn't budgeted for).
"U.S. religious fundamentalists are working hard to outlaw sex that falls outside their theology", Ocasio-Cortez said.
In a follow-up tweet, the NY representative said, "Ultimately, this is about women's power. It's a brutal form of oppression to seize control of the one essential thing a person should command: their own body".
Missouri's Senate has passed a bill that would ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy or later, except in cases of medical emergency. The laws either have been blocked in court or they haven't taken effect yet.
The Missouri bill now goes back to the state House of Representatives, where it originated, for final legislative action. "We don't have a litmus test as to whether you can belong to our party". "See you in court", the ACLU tweeted on Wednesday after Ivey signed the bill.
It is now unconstitutional to ban abortion before viability, which occurs at around 24-28 weeks pregnancy.
Other laws headed to the court ban dilation and evacuation abortions and ban abortions after a certain number of weeks, according to USA Today. As the legal journalist Joan Biskupic recently put it, "Roberts works incrementally, laying groundwork for his views, keeping an eye to upcoming cases, and avoiding any "jolt" to precedent". The ban is the strictest one passed anywhere in the 46 years since the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that there is a constitutional right to abortion.
As of now, abortion in Alabama - and in all 50 states - is still legal.
"We're turning back the clock on everything we've fought for since the ՚70s", Nasheed said.
Outnumbered Missouri Senate Democrats launched into an attack on the bill before Republican supporters had a chance to bring it up for debate on the Senate floor.
Bills to restrict abortion rights have also been filed in MA, but they have generally failed to gain traction in the state's Democratic-controlled Legislature.
The ban is the latest in a trend toward more restrictive abortion policies, with the U.S. states of Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia and MS recently creating similar bans, hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down the current law of the land, which considers many abortions to be a woman's right.
In the bill, the only exclusion would be for medical emergencies. Doctors who perform abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy would face five to 15 years in prison.
The text states that performing abortions in violation of the measure would be considered a felony. We don't know how this will end, either legally or politically, but do know that this race to the most extreme possible position can only leave us as a people more divided and defended.
Should the measure win final passage in the House, the ban would go into effect on August 28, with or without the governor's signature.