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Tue May 28, 2019, 07:09 AM

Prosecutor promises to hold governor accountable for signing abortion ban

The elected prosecutor in Jackson County (Kansas City) reminded Missouri Gov. Mike Parson that he was not elected to his position when saying that he will be “held accountable” for signing into law a ban on abortion after eight weeks, even in cases of incest and other forms of rape.

“As a prosecuting attorney, I’ve seen first-hand the toll that rape, incest, and unplanned pregnancies take on women,” said Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, who chairs the Missouri Democratic Party.

“It’s not the government or Governor Mike Parson’s place to get involved in a woman’s personal medical decisions about her pregnancy. This is an extreme, unconstitutional ban that is cruel to women, including women who are survivors of rape and incest.”

The bill, introduced by state Rep. Nick Schroer (R-O’Fallon), passed the Missouri House of Representatives 110-44. One supporter of House Bill 126, state Representative Barry Hovis (R-Cape Girardeau), said on the House floor that there is something called “consensual rape” and that it is more common than “a gentlemen jumping out of the bushes,” based on his experience in law enforcement.


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