Only two weeks before the legislature is scheduled to adjourn, so perhaps this will not make it all the way. However, it passed the first vote in the Missouri House by a wide margin, and if the Senate also approves it, the measure will not need the governor’s support.
Under the measure, voters would be asked if the state constitution should be amended to “protect pregnant women and unborn children by recognizing that an unborn child is a person with a right to life which cannot be deprived by state or private action without due process and equal protection of law.”
Opponents said the resolution was the most extreme abortion-related proposal the Legislature has taken up this year, potentially outlawing abortion in cases of rape or when the life of a mother is in jeopardy. They also said it could make contraception illegal in the state.