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Missouri Just Passed The Unborn Act; Does Not Include Rape Or Incest Exceptions

Not even 24 hours after Republican Governor Kay Ivey signed the nation’s strictest abortion laws and approved by the Alabama Senate by a 25-6 vote, and it does not include exceptions for rape or incest, Missouri passed their restrictive abortion law on Thursday morning.

Governor Mike Parson’s Missouri bill isn’t as restrictive as Alabama’s, but it threatens to imprison doctors who perform abortions.

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The Missouri Senate, led by Republicans, passed their Unborn Act bill early Thursday. The bill bans abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy includes an exception for when the life of the mother is in danger, does not include rape and incest exceptions, and threatens to imprison doctors for 15 years.

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The possible punishment for doctors performing abortions in Alabama is 99 years. Although the Missouri and Alabama pro-life bills do not threaten to incarcerate women who receive abortions, the restrictions include no rape or incest exceptions.

You can expect there to be a substantial legal fight over these bills.

Overturning Roe v Wade is important in and of itself but also as a judicial statement that the SCOTUS cannot overturn long-established precedents (yes, that includes inventing a right to homosexual marriage) and manufacture new “rights,” then immediately hide behind the principle of “stare decisis” that they violated in manufacturing such new “rights.”

Having said that, before Roe v Wade, there were almost universal exceptions for rape and incest in anti-abortion states. Rape and incest are abominations. I draw the line there, as will the vast majority of Americans even after Roe v Wade is overturned. If a woman wants to keep the baby, no one will force her to have an abortion. Saying it’s not the baby’s fault or the woman can put the baby up for adoption is preposterous and hands the Democrats a “woman’s rights” issue.

I am concerned that excluding both will give the left a “woman’s issue” to campaign on in 2020. It’s easy to use platitudes about “all life is precious,” but if you’re a woman (I am not) I’d imagine it’s close to an abomination to prohibit abortions for rape or incest. Even Pat Robertson expressed his concerns.

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It’s been a tough enough battle as it is without giving the other side ammunition. There’s a saying among lawyers: bad facts make bad case law. Alabama may have gone too far too fast for this law to become the test case we need to overturn Roe v. Wade.

 

 

 

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