JEFFERSON CITY – A House panel heard testimony Tuesday night on new legislation to outlaw all abortion in Missouri.
Southwest Missouri Representative Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) brought back a resolution to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot granting “personhood” rights from the moment of conception.
The measure would ban all abortion in Missouri, including in cases of rape, incest and life threatening pregnancy. States like Colorado, Mississippi, and North Dakota have rejected personhood measures.
“Missouri is the Show-Me state,” Moon said to the committee. “The General Assembly recognized that life begins at conception back in 1986, and we must not stop, due to the failures or successes of other states.”
Those opposing the bill noted that by considering an embryo a person, the measure would also ban common types of birth control such as some birth control pills and the IUD.
“It’s the government getting in between a woman, a family and her doctor and telling that family what they can do, it’s a serious government intrusion,” said M’Evie Mead, a Planned Parenthood advocate.
Last year, the measure through the house but did not get through the senate based on timing of the session.