May 24, 2019

Missouri governor signs 8-week abortion ban into law

In this image, Michael Parson stands and speaks at a podium in front of a crowd and cameras.

Mike Parson addresses the media. Photo: Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images

Missouri Gov. Michael Parson signed a law to restrict abortion access on Friday that follows in the legal footsteps of Alabama's total abortion ban, NBC reports.

Driving the news: Missouri's new law aims to ban abortions at 8 weeks of pregnancy. It also does not include exceptions for rape or incest, like Alabama's recently enacted law. The ACLU and Planned Parenthood are now suing the state of Alabama for conflicting with Roe v. Wade.

Details: "If the eight-week ban is challenged in court and blocked, the bill has built-in concessions of less-restrictive time limits that would prohibit abortions at 14, 18 or 20 weeks or pregnancy," per NBC.

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