SB0275C-Committee Bill Summary (House)



COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "do pass" by the Committee on Criminal Law by a vote of 11 to 4.

The substitute prohibits physicians from performing partial birth abortions unless necessary to preserve the life of the mother. Any physician who performs a partial birth abortion when it is not necessary to save the life of the mother is guilty of a class D felony.

The substitute also defines partial birth abortion as a method or technique of abortion in which the person performing the abortion partially vaginally delivers a living fetus before intentionally killing the infant and completing delivery.

FISCAL NOTE: No impact on state funds.

PROPONENTS: Supporters say that a partial birth abortion is never medically necessary.

Testifying for the bill were Senator Kinder; Dr. Robert Ferris; Campaign Life of Missouri; Missouri Family Network; Family Policy Center; Missouri Eagle Forum; and Missouri Catholic Conference.

OPPONENTS: Those who oppose the bill say that the legislation is unconstitutionally vague. In addition, a recent federal district court decision from the state of Ohio indicated that prior to the viability of a fetus the state may not establish an abortion prohibition. This decision reinforces the United States Supreme Court decision of Roe v Wade.

Testifying against the bill were Missouri NARAL; Missouri Alliance For Choice; American Civil Liberties Union; and Capitol Women's Political Caucus.

Michael Warrick, Research Analyst

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