Women in Missouri could be charged with murder if they get an abortion under two bills pre-filed in the Missouri legislature.

The “Abolition of Abortion in Missouri Act” is sponsored by State Rep. Bob Titus, R, Billings, in the House and State Sen. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, in the Senate. It would extend criminal and civil laws protecting those already born to the unborn and repeal provisions of state law that “permit willful prenatal homicide or assault.”

Both HB 1508 and SB 775 would allow duress to be used as a legal defense by a woman charged with murder for having an abortion and would exempt abortions performed to save a woman’s life.

Missouri outlawed almost all abortions in the state last year when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade and ruled that states could regulate abortion on their own. There are several proposed constitutional amendments that would make abortions legal again in Missouri.

Copyright 2023, Missourinet.