Missouri bans abortions after eight weeks
Republican Rep. Barry Hovis, a former law enforcement officer, said many of the rape cases he has seen are "consensual rapes" — a phrase that drew ire from at least one other member.
Hovis was defending the bill saying it allows women to get abortions during the first eight weeks of pregnancy. (Remember: Many women often aren't aware they're pregnant in the first eight weeks.)
Here's what he said:
Later, Democratic Rep. Raychel Proudie declared: "There is no such thing as consensual rape."
CNN called and emailed Hovis' office for comment and will update this post.
A reporter with the Kansas City Star said she caught up with Hovis, who said he misspoke:
Rep. Shamed Dogan, a Republican who represents St. Louis County, switched his vote to no because he said the bill goes too far.
Dogan explained that he had initially supported the bill, but had a change of heart when it failed to include exceptions for rape and incest.
"I really struggled with this one," he said.
Dogan said his constituents think the bill is "going too far."
He then explained why he voted against the bill:
The Missouri House just passed restrictive abortion bill prohibiting abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy -- after a heartbeat is detected -- though many women often don't know they're pregnant in that time.
The bill includes exceptions for medical emergencies but not for pregnancies that are the result of rape or incest.
Missouri's House voted 110-44 in favor of H.B. 128.
The bill will now head to Governor Mike Parson’s desk, he is expected to sign the bill in about a week, according to Governor Parson’s spokesperson.
Democratic Rep. Robert Sauls argued against the Missouri abortion bill, which doesn't include exceptions for rape or incest.
"There is not a single thing in this world that a male can experience that would come close to the indignity of being legally forced to carry your rapist’s baby," he said.
He continued: "If you can force an 11-year-old girl to carry her father’s baby to term — one that could very well harm her not just physically but mentally — that is not pro-life. You can’t say you’re pro-life when you are prepared to have a child risk her life to give birth to a rapist’s baby. That’s not pro-life."
Protesters were removed from the gallery at Missouri House after they starting shouting during debate, which was briefly stopped.
The shouting came moments after Rep. Crystal Quade, a Democrat from Greene County, blasted the bill and fellow lawmakers for supporting it.
"When you each see me in this hallway remember what you are doing to little girls who were like me because that abuse is me and you simply don't care," she said.
Quade then spoke directly to the women in the gallery and pointed at them.
Republican Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman began her statement defending the Missouri abortion bill by saying that many of the Democratic woman in the House will not like her opinion.
“Our freedom can not be bought with the blood of our children," she said.
Rep. Ian Mackey, a Democrat from St. Louis County, made an impassioned plea today on the Missouri House floor to strike down a bill that would ban abortions after eight weeks.
Mackey argued the bill violates basic rights in the Constitution.
"This is nothing but an affront not to Roe v. Wade, but to what it stands for: to the US Constitution itself," he said. "The right to privacy in this country. Privacy from intrusion from your government."
Mackey continued: "Today in this body, we, the government, us, right here, members are seizing every woman in this state. We are seizing her and we may as well be the ones tying her hands to the bed post and forcing her into childbirth.”
"Women brought all of us into this world, and I sure hope they vote all of us out," he said.