Missouri Seeks to Ban Abortion for Ectopic Pregnancies, With a Penalty of up to 30 Years in Prison

Days after Missouri Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman proposed a bill making it illegal for Missouri residents to seek abortion care outside of the state, another anti-abortion bill has been brought into the house for deliberation. 

There is currently a Republican bill in Missouri that proposes for abortion to be banned after 10 weeks and also make it a crime to terminate ectopic pregnancies. 

If made into law, this offence could become punishable by up to thirty years in prison.

According to Mayo Clinic, an ectopic pregnancy occurs when the embryo implants outside of the uterus, typically in the fallopian tube between the ovaries and the uterus.

Ectopic pregnancy can rupture the body part where the embryo has implanted itself. This can cause deadly internal bleeding.

It should go without saying that this is a very risky pregnancy and can lead to the death of the pregnant person.

Republican state representative Brian Seitz proposed House Bill No. 2810, which would make the production, sale, purchase, or use of medical devices or drugs used for abortions a class B 11 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. 

Under this bill proposed by Brian Seitz, the act of performing an ectopic abortion, or even assisting in abortion for an ectopic pregnancy, will now be classified as a class A felony and could carry a sentence for up to 30 years.

Aborting ectopic pregnancy in trafficked victims is also criminalized in this bill by Seitz.

Speaking on how dangerous this kind of bill is, OB-GYN Dr Jessica Shepherd said, “This bill directly attacks the lives of women, as ectopic tubal pregnancies remain a serious cause of maternal morbidity and mortality.”

She continued, “Furthermore this also impedes the ability of women to make choices for themselves and places no responsibility whatsoever on the other acting party in these situations.”  

Protests are ongoing to show dissatisfaction over this bill.

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