Life News reports that the Missouri legislature passed a major pro-life bill Thursday that would ban abortions after unborn babies have detectable heartbeats.
The Senate approved the bill in a 24-10 vote early Thursday and the House put the finishing touches on the bill Friday. Republican Gov. Mike Parson supports the legislation and is expected to sign it into law.
“Until the day that we no longer have abortions in this country, I will never waver in the fight for life,” Parson said during a Wednesday pro-life rally.
The Missouri health department indicates 3,903 babies were killed in abortions in the state in 2017 and 119 of those were babies killed after 20 weeks.
The bill declares the state of Missouri and all its political subdivisions a “sanctuary of life” and bans discriminatory abortions for reasons of sex, race, or Down syndrome, it requiring abortionists to have adequate malpractice insurance, and more. The bill now returns to the House for final approval.
It also requires that a minor notify both parents before she has an abortion.
“Don’t lose your commitment to protecting life. Because until the day that we no longer have abortions in this country, I will never waver in the fight for life,” Parson said.
Louisiana is also moving forward with a bill that would ban abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat begins as a Senate committee and a House committee both passed the legislation.
The Heartbeat Bill, when it goes into effect, will prohibit abortion when a human heartbeat can be detected. An abdominal ultrasound can detect a heartbeat between eight and twelve weeks.
The measure is Senate Bill 184 by Sen. John Milkovich, D-Shreveport, and Louisiana’s proposed bill is modeled after a similar Mississippi law that is being debated in a federal appeals court. It would only go into effect if the Mississippi bill is upheld.
“States across the nation are saying, ‘We are no longer going to devalue life,” Milkovich said. “We are going to acknowledge the sanctity of human life.’”
Pro-Life Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards is likely to sign it into law.
“We feel like this bill is an important statement about Louisiana’s devotion to the unborn,” Milkovich said. “This bill is a step forward in our efforts to protect life.”
Edited and shortened from combined reports by LifeNews.com