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    Missouri Bans Abortion of Unborn Children Older Than 8 Weeks

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    The legislation comes after earlier this week the Alabama Senate passed legislation banning almost all abortions during any stage of pregnancy. The bill has an exception for the mother's health, yet removed the exceptions for rape and incest cases.

    Missouri's Republican-led Legislature has approved a ban on abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy, and now GOP Gov. Mike Parson is expected to sign it, the Associated Press reports.

    The proposed ban allows exceptions only in medical emergencies, not cases of rape or incest.

    Protesters against the bill disrupted a debate and marched through the halls of the state Capitol.

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    The bill adopted in Alabama earlier this week made it a felony for a doctor to perform or attempt an abortion during any stage of pregnancy. Anyone performing an abortion could be punished by 10 to 99 years in prison, but no criminal charges would be filed against the person undergoing the procedure.

    Sixteen states have passed or are currently considering abortion bans once a fetal heartbeat is detected about six weeks into pregnancy. Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Ohio have all approved so-called heartbeat abortion laws.

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