JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.. — State Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-Manchester, has filed Senate Bill 345 for the 2019 legislative session. This legislation would prohibit all abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy (except in cases of a medical emergency) upon the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe V Wade or the passage of a federal Human Life Amendment.
“In light of the recent passage of legislation in New York, I believe it is time for Missouri to become a ‘Sanctuary of Life’ for pregnant women and their unborn children,” Sen. Koenig said. “By banning abortions after an act by the federal government allowing this trigger, we aim to protect the lives of unborn children and preserve their right to life.”
Senate Bill 345 would make it a class B felony to perform or induce an abortion upon a woman and her unborn child. However, it prohibits any prosecution of the woman upon whom the abortion is performed or induced. An exception is made for an abortion in the case of a medical emergency when the continuation of the pregnancy could result in serious physical harm or death to the mother.
Senate Bill 345 is sponsored by Senator Koenig and co-sponsored by 11 other state senators.