In Missouri, Republican Governor Mike Parson signed into law a bill banning abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. The bill does not make exceptions in cases of rape or incest. It also includes a provision that would completely ban abortion at any stage if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Architects of the bill, as well as similar bills in Alabama and other states, say they’re aimed at overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that recognizes the constitutional right to an abortion.
Meanwhile, a federal judge on Friday blocked a Mississippi law banning abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy, which was set to go into effect July 1.