Almost 50 years after the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision affirmed the legality of a woman's right to have an abortion under the Fourteenth Amendment, Alabama Republican Governor Kay Ivey has signed into law the nation's most restrictive anti-abortion bill, making it a felony to perform the procedure in almost all cases.
Missouri's anti-abortion bill includes exceptions for medical emergencies but not for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. Women would not be punishable, but abortionists who don't perform the test would face a six-month suspension of their medical licenses and a $1,000 fine.
NY congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continues to use social media to call out politicians who have voted to enact stricter abortion laws. Assuming such cases come before a federal district court judge who follows Supreme Court precedent (which those judges are supposed to do), the law will be ruled unconstitutional under the Roe/Casey precedents (which it is).
The hashtag #YouKnowMe first started trending when Busy Phillips pointed out that many people don't realize they know someone who's had an abortion.
Senate Democrats attacked the bill before Republican supporters had a chance to bring it up for debate on the Senate floor.
"So much of this bill is just shaming women into some kind of complacency that says we are vessels of pregnancy rather than understanding that women's lives all hold different stories", St. Louis-area Democratic Sen.
Missouri is among a growing number of states where abortion opponents are working with renewed enthusiasm following President Donald Trump's appointment of more conservative high court justices. Governors in four of those states have signed bills into law banning the procedure if an embryonic heartbeat can be detected, generally considered to be as early as six weeks. Courts this year have blocked a restrictive Kentucky law and another in Iowa passed last year.
Like other states passing anti-abortion bills, Missouri's Republican government is banking on Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion in the United States, being overturned by the Supreme Court.
Missouri is the latest state to pass an extreme anti-abortion bill, that will ban abortion in nearly all cases after eight weeks.
"I look at Alabama, it's a predominantly pro-life state, and they're saying we want to let the Supreme Court decide", McDaniel told CNN's Alisyn Camerota.
"This is not a piece of legislation that is designed for a challenge", Haahr said.
"This bill is about challenging Roe v. Wade and protecting the lives of the unborn", said State Rep. Terri Collins (R-Decatur), who sponsored the bill.
Republicans and Democrats worked for hours to reach a compromise on the bill, which included an expansion of tax credits for donations to pregnancy resource centers, and waters down other provisions.
Dozens of studies have found that limited abortion access coincides with more unwanted pregnancies, more women opting for unsafe illegal abortions, and more women pushed into debt trying to access an out-of-state abortion (or raising a child they hadn't budgeted for).
The bill, which passed on a 24-10 vote, does not allow exceptions for rape or incest victims.
But his point was that the bill did not go far enough.