Missouri Right to Life
For Immediate Release:
May 12, 2011
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Today, May 12, 2011 the Missouri House passed SB 65 and the Missouri Senate passed HB 213. The Ban on Late-term Abortion, HB 213 and SB 65, was sponsored by Rep. Tim Jones in the House and President Pro-Tem Sen. Robert Mayer in the Senate. These bills would prohibit abortion on unborn children after 20 weeks gestation, a point at which an unborn child is fully capable of feeling pain. The bills passed both the House and the Senate with bipartisan support.
“Missouri Right to Life applauds the Missouri House and Senate for their passage of HB 213 and SB 65. Medical technology continues to improve the ability of a child born prematurely to live outside the mother’s womb. This legislation bans abortions after 20 weeks, a time at which more and more children are beginning to survive outside the womb. With advances in medical technology, children born prematurely are viable at increasingly earlier stages of development,” said Pam Fichter, President of Missouri Right to Life.
“Missouri Right to Life began working on the passage of HB 213 and SB 65 in mid-2010. We were motivated by the passage of the Nebraska Pain-Capable Unborn Protection Act in 2010. That legislation, written by the National Right to Life Committee, banned abortion in Nebraska past 20 weeks and caused abortionist Roy Carhart to move his late-term abortion business to other states. That legislation, as well as Missouri’s SB 65 and HB 213, also narrows the health exception for an abortion in situations where the woman’s life is in danger or continuing the pregnancy would cause physical harm to a major bodily function,” Fichter continued.
“While abortion at any stage of development is an offense against human dignity, certainly we can all agree that subjecting viable unborn children to the horrible pain of abortion is unacceptable in a civilized society. Unborn children are the most vulnerable members of the human family and cannot speak for themselves. Our shared humanity compels us to protect the most vulnerable among us, and we are grateful to all the House and Senate members who supported this legislation,” concluded Fichter.