Senate Democrats debate controversial abortion bills

1 month 1 week 3 days ago Wednesday, May 15 2019 May 15, 2019 Wednesday, May 15, 2019 3:20:00 PM CDT May 15, 2019 in News
By: Daniel Perreault, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY – Just hours after the end of a 27-hour long filibuster by Senate conservatives, Senate Democrats brought the chamber to a halt Wednesday afternoon over an anti-abortion measure known as the heartbeat bill.

Ten different Democrats took turns speaking on the senate floor to effectively prevent the hearing of what supporters are calling the “strongest pro-life bill in the country.”

The Democratic lawmakers expressed their concerns about House Bill 126, which would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is typically about six weeks into a pregnancy.

Another provision would prohibit abortion on the basis of race, sex or indication of Down Syndrome. It would also require both parents to be notified if a minor seeks an abortion.

Opponents who spoke Wednesday said they were concerned the bill does not have any exemption in cases of rape or incest."

“This is an unconscionable abuse of our power as a legislature that will have negative repercussions for the long term,” Sen. Jill Schupp, D-St. Louis, said.

Sen. Lauren Arthur, D-St. Louis, called the abortion bill “extreme.”

“Elections have consequences and, with new Supreme Court justices, there is a renewed attempt to overturn Roe V. Wade,” she said.

Senate Republicans say it is all about Missouri.

"I'm not a legal expert, but I believe what we are putting forward here strengthens our position on life," said Sen. Dave Schatz, R-St. Louis. "Anything we can do to protect life, I have always been in support of."

During his time on the floor, Sen. Brian Williams, D-St. Louis, brought up Missouri's high maternal and infant mortality rate.

“This is not a conversation or engagement around telling someone what they can or cannot do. This is a conversation around giving someone the option to do what they feel is best for their body and their life,” he said.

Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, said her Republican colleagues are just pandering to voters.

“This isn’t about religion or what you believe," she said. "This is about pandering to your base. This is what’s trending today.”

On Twitter Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Bob Onder, R-St. Louis, called the Democrats actions a “silly procedural stunt.”

Schatz said, given the magnitude of the bill, the day's events were not surprising.

"This is where I expected it would be," Schatz said. "Anytime we have ever gone to this kind of bill, there have been long evenings." 

Gov. Mike Parson has expressed support for the abortion bill.

He tweeted Wednesday morning, saying, “It’s time to make Missouri the most Pro-Life state in the country.”

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Boone County firefighters went above and beyond the call of duty Monday to assist a man in need.... More >>
22 minutes ago Tuesday, June 25 2019 Jun 25, 2019 Tuesday, June 25, 2019 11:18:00 PM CDT June 25, 2019 in News
WOOLDRIDGE - With water levels expected to crest on Wednesday, Wooldridge is in preparation for more flooding. The town... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, June 25 2019 Jun 25, 2019 Tuesday, June 25, 2019 9:31:00 PM CDT June 25, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia man has been sentenced for exposing his genitals to in two separate incidents at a McDonald's... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, June 25 2019 Jun 25, 2019 Tuesday, June 25, 2019 8:15:00 PM CDT June 25, 2019 in News
KEYTESVILLE - James Pleasant, who prosecutors say left his fiance to die in flood waters, appeared in court Tuesday. ... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, June 25 2019 Jun 25, 2019 Tuesday, June 25, 2019 7:54:00 PM CDT June 25, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested a Columbia man after he admitted to viewing child pornography for nearly... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, June 25 2019 Jun 25, 2019 Tuesday, June 25, 2019 7:12:07 PM CDT June 25, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's only abortion clinic is asking a state administrative panel to intervene before its license to... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, June 25 2019 Jun 25, 2019 Tuesday, June 25, 2019 5:16:00 PM CDT June 25, 2019 in News
SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) — An Illinois man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after accepting a plea deal... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, June 25 2019 Jun 25, 2019 Tuesday, June 25, 2019 4:07:40 PM CDT June 25, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A man whose roommate was shot by an intruder says the house was just "full of blood."... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, June 25 2019 Jun 25, 2019 Tuesday, June 25, 2019 2:46:00 PM CDT June 25, 2019 in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri is teaming up with other states and agencies as part of a new initiative to rein... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, June 25 2019 Jun 25, 2019 Tuesday, June 25, 2019 1:47:00 PM CDT June 25, 2019 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Two people were injured from a shooting in Columbia near Stephens Lake Park Tuesday morning. Around 11... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, June 25 2019 Jun 25, 2019 Tuesday, June 25, 2019 12:00:00 PM CDT June 25, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Supreme Court has set the execution date for a man found guilty of first-degree murder... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, June 25 2019 Jun 25, 2019 Tuesday, June 25, 2019 11:23:00 AM CDT June 25, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Firefighters finished cleaning out the gutters of a elderly man's house after receiving a call that the man... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, June 25 2019 Jun 25, 2019 Tuesday, June 25, 2019 10:08:28 AM CDT June 25, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Firefighters battled flames rising out of a commercial dumpster in Columbia early Tuesday morning. A dumpster on... More >>
14 hours ago Tuesday, June 25 2019 Jun 25, 2019 Tuesday, June 25, 2019 9:23:00 AM CDT June 25, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A store clerk who livestreamed the aftermath of a confrontation in which a Missouri police officer... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, June 25 2019 Jun 25, 2019 Tuesday, June 25, 2019 8:25:00 AM CDT June 25, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former state legislative aide has been sentenced to five years in prison for soliciting... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, June 25 2019 Jun 25, 2019 Tuesday, June 25, 2019 8:05:00 AM CDT June 25, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Police are investigating after one man was hurt in a shooting late Monday night. Officers... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, June 25 2019 Jun 25, 2019 Tuesday, June 25, 2019 3:34:00 AM CDT June 25, 2019 in News
Jefferson City - The National Weather Service is projecting the Missouri River at Jefferson City to crest by mid-week. ... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, June 25 2019 Jun 25, 2019 Tuesday, June 25, 2019 2:26:00 AM CDT June 25, 2019 in News
OSAGE COUNTY – The Mari Osa Delta campground, along the Osage River and Missouri River Delta, has lost about 15... More >>
1 day ago Monday, June 24 2019 Jun 24, 2019 Monday, June 24, 2019 7:10:00 PM CDT June 24, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 75°
12am 74°
1am 72°
2am 71°
3am 70°