JEFFERSON CITY – Today, in response to the United States Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, Gov. Mike Parson signed a proclamation activating the Right to Life of the Unborn Child Act.
Parson stated that the U.S. Constitution did not give judges, who are not elected, authority to regulate abortion. He said he was happy that the U.S. Supreme Court had “corrected this error and returned power to the people and the states to make these decisions.”
“Thanks to decades of conservative leaders, Missouri has become one of the most pro-life states in the nation, and our Administration has always fought for the life of every unborn child,” Parson continued.
The Right to Life of the Unborn Child Act includes several provisions:
- Prohibits doctors from performing abortions unless there is a medical emergency
- Creates criminal liability for any person who knowingly performs or induces a non-medical emergency abortion and subjects his or her professional license to suspension
- Protects any woman who receives an illegal abortion from being prosecuted in violation of the Act
The Right to Life of the Unborn Child Act was included in HB 126 and contingent upon the U.S. Supreme Court’s overruling Roe v. Wade in whole or in part. Parson signed HB 126 in 2019.
Parson’s administration is coordinating with Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt to counter any litigation against HB 126 that would block implementation of the law.