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A Missouri Bill Could Make Cops Go After Women Who Have Abortions

A Missouri Republican wants to totally abolish abortion in the state, legally redefine fetuses as people, and likely even have police go after women to “affirmatively enforce” the law. In a pair of bills introduced recently, Rep. Mike Moon proposed that Missouri treat fertilized eggs as human beings from the moment of conception, with all…

A Missouri Bill Could Make Cops Go After Women Who Have Abortions
A Missouri Republican wants to totally abolish abortion in the state, legally redefine fetuses as people, and likely even have police go after women to “affirmatively enforce” the law.

In a pair of bills introduced recently, Rep. Mike Moon proposed that Missouri treat fertilized eggs as human beings from the moment of conception, with all the rights that go with that designation. One of the bills, dubbed “The Right to Due Process Act,” establishes that fetuses are protected by the due process clause of Missouri’s constitution, which rules that “no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.” And cops and the courts, the bill makes clear, must enforce that provision.

That would effectively make ending a pregnancy legally equivalent to murder; indeed, in the other bill, Moon cites “abortion as murder.”

In that bill, which would outlaw abortion in Missouri, there are no exceptions for rape or incest survivors. A similar ban passed in Alabama last year, sparking a nationwide outcry; it has since been blocked from taking effect.

Requests for comment from Moon were not immediately returned. When a VICE News reporter asked Moon’s legislative aide what “affirmatively enforce” means, the aide suggested that the reporter get a dictionary and a copy of the Missouri constitution. In response to questions about the consequences women who get abortions might face if these bills were to become law, the aide declined to provide what she called “legal analysis.”

Moon, first elected in 2013, has long made his opposition to abortion clear. In 2017, he suggested that the Missouri Capitol building’s museum include an exhibit on the history of abortion — and that the abortion exhibit be placed near the exhibit on slavery.

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