Updated May 16, 2019

Missouri Senate passes bill to ban abortions at 8 weeks of pregnancy

A pro-life rally in Washington, D.C.

An anti-abortion rally in Washington, D.C. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Image

The Missouri Senate passed a bill early Thursday 24-10 to outlaw abortions at 8 weeks of pregnancy, AP reports.

Details: The bill needs at least another vote of approval in the Republican-led House before it can go to Gov. Mike Parson (R), per Fox News. Parson has expressed his support for the measure, which includes exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for pregnancies caused by rape or incest.

The big picture: Missouri is the latest conservative state to move to restrict abortions. On Wednesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced she'd signed a into law a ban restricting all abortions except for women whose lives are in danger.

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