House Bill 126
Eight-Week Ban on Abortion
What is it?
House Bill 126 is a ban on abortion at every stage of pregnancy, starting at eight weeks. While Governor Mike Parson signed this bill on May 24, 2019, it does not go into effect until August 28, 2019.
What does it do?
HB 126 features more than six restrictions on abortion, including:
- Threatening doctors with five to 15 years in prison for providing abortion care after eight weeks;
- Forcing providers to give false information about out-of-state abortion access;
- Enacting a “trigger law” to criminalize abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned;
- Requiring minors to have two-parent consent to access abortion care.
How can we fight it?
The ACLU of Missouri has submitted a petition to referendum that would bring HB 126 to the voters. In order to place the eight-week ban on the ballot, we need to collect more than 100,000 signatures in 45 days. Once the signatures are submitted, HB 126 cannot go into effect until a statewide vote has been made — a simple majority vote will veto the law.
How can you help us block HB 126 from becoming law?
Sign up to be a volunteer and we’ll update you when the petition collecting begins!
Missouri’s last remaining clinic that provides abortions, Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood St. Louis
What’s going on?
Planned Parenthood of St. Louis is Missouri’s last remaining clinic that provides safe, legal abortion care.
In June, the state Department of Health and Senior Services wrongfully denied Planned Parenthood of St. Louis their license, citing false concerns about “patient safety.” However, circuit court judge Michael Stelzer stepped in, granting them a temporary preliminary injunction, and allowing them to continue providing abortion care until June 26.
The preliminary injunctions allotted Planned Parenthood of St. Louis time to argue for the license in Missouri’s Administrative Hearing Commission, where issues with state departments are handled. On June 26, a commission judge granted the clinic a stay, protecting its’ liscense and allowing it to continue providing abortion care — for now. Another hearing that will determine the fate of Missouri’s last abortion provider is set for August 1.
What impact will this have in Missouri?
Planned Parenthood of St. Louis is the only remaining clinic in the state that is able to offer abortion services. If the clinic is denied its’ license, Missouri will be the first state in 50 years to have zero clinics that provide abortion, leaving more than 1.1 million people of reproductive age without access to critical healthcare.
How can we fight it?
NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri is committed to supporting the fierce advocates at Planned Parenthood of St. Louis who are fighting back against attempts to push abortion out of reach in Missouri. But we need you to take action and tell Planned Parenthood #We’veGotYourBack.
Right now, mark your calendar for our weekly Tuesday Pro-Choice Power Hour where we’ll keep you updated on actions you can take to keep abortion safe, legal and accessible in Missouri.