‘Heartbeat’ abortion ban to be debated in Missouri Senate

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri senators are set to take up one of the
nation's most restrictive proposed abortion bans.

The Republican-led Senate is expected to consider legislation to ban most
abortions after eight weeks pregnancy before lawmakers' Friday deadline to pass
bills.

The only exception would be in cases of medical emergencies, not rape or
incest.

If approved, Missouri would join four other states that have passed bans on
abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. That can occur about six weeks
into a pregnancy.

The Missouri bill comes as abortion opponents across the U.S. push for new
restrictions in hopes that the more conservative U.S. Supreme Court will
overturn its landmark Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion.

The Missouri measure also includes a near-total ban on abortion, but that
would only kick in if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

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