ST. LOUIS, MO Today, the Missouri House of Representatives passed House Bill 126, one of the most extreme bans on abortion in the nation. House Bill 126 would outlaw abortion as early as eight weeks — before most people even know they are pregnant. This bill now heads to Governor Mike Parson’s desk for final signature. Following the news NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri Board President Leah Boersig released the following statement:

“Let’s call this bill exactly what it is: a near total ban on safe, legal abortion. This cruel bill would ban abortion before most people know they are pregnant — with no exceptions in cases of rape, incest or human trafficking. It does absolutely nothing to improve the lives of women and families in Missouri; rather it robs women of the right to make deeply personal decisions about their body, life and future.”

“Instead of enacting proactive legislation to improve Missouri’s skyrocketing maternal mortality rate, extremist politicians are focusing on creating even more barriers to accessing critical reproductive healthcare. But the anti-choice politicians pushing this extremist bill don’t care that it is unconstitutional — the right to safe, legal abortion is protected under federal law. They only have one goal: To push Missouri to the forefront of a political race to overturn Roe V. Wade and criminalize abortion nationwide. With a majority anti-choice Supreme Court, they’re feeling more emboldened than ever.”

“The right to choose abortion belongs to women and their doctors — not politicians. As the Missouri legislature continues to wage an all-out assault on access to safe, legal abortion across our state, NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri will continue to fight tooth and nail against these cruel and deliberate attacks on reproductive freedom in Missouri.”

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