JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today Missouri lawmakers passed what could be called the most controversial bill of the session.
The bill is HB 126, also known as the “Stand for the Unborn Act,” and the “Heartbeat” bill.
Governor Mike Parson said in a press conference he will be signing the bill “in the near future.”
Governor Parson, a long-time pro-life supporter, got a little frustrated with reporters repeatedly asking about the bill and why he would sign it with its ‘no-exception’ for rape or incest.
“I will sign the bill as presented to me,” said Parson. “Because I’m the governor of the state of Missouri it’s what I do and if the legislators send a bill to me, I’m going to sign it.”
Governor Parson also said he expect challenges to the bill.
“This all started in 1973,” Parson said. “There’s gonna be court challenges to this issue throughout the years to come.
“Everybody pretty much has their view. It’s an emotional issue. People are going to have their view. I don’t know that we’re going to change anyone’s opinion right now on anything on that particular issue.”
Democratic Minority Leader Crystal Quade says she’s disappointed with the bill’s passage.
“During the milestone 100th General Assembly, House Democrats have worked to defend the intrest of Missouri citizens against the damaging and sometimes dangerous policies advanced by the radical right wing agendas controlling the majority party.
“We stood up for the most important individual liberty of all, the right to exercise control over one’s own body.”
In addition to the anti-abortion bill, Speaker of the House, Rep. Elijah Haahr, calls this the most successful session.
“I believe it to be the most successful policy session that I’ve ever been apart of in my seven years in the Legislature,” said Haahr in a press conference after the House adjourned on Friday evening. “We passed 94 bills that have been truly agreed and sent to the Governor’s desk.”
Governor Parson also agrees.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the accomplishments we’ve had working through this office, working with the legislators this year, coming up with huge solutions to, what I believe, are some of the state problems that we’ve had,” said Parson.
Quade says the Democratic Caucus wasn’t able to accomplish much during the session.
“The session was frustrating, I’ve said that time and time again,” said Quade. “We had to fight against overturning the will of the voters all of the ballot initiatives.
“There are a lot of things that the Democratic Caucus worked for this year that I hope we can accomplish next year.”
Other important bills the Missouri Legislature passed this session were bills like Hailey’s Law, improvements on infrastructure and workforce development.