Missouri Governor Mike Parson just signed an 8-week abortion ban into law.
But before it got to his desk, it caused a Senate floor debate equivalent to an Old Testament brawl.
Remember Jacob wrestling with God into the night for his blessing?
Debate on this pro-life bill went on until 4:00am in the morning.
Many know that efforts to pass “the heartbeat bills” to prohibit abortion after a heartbeat is detected at some point early on in pregnancy are sweeping the nation.
Several conservative states have already passed such bills including Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Ohio. Unfortunately, the bans brought to Iowa and North Dakota have been defeated in the courts.
Alabama has also entered the fray when their governor signed the nation’s most restrictive abortion ban within the one day it was brought to attention.
According to Christian Headlines: “It made providing abortion a felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison. Many believe the Alabama bill intentionally went as far as it did to provoke a challenge to Roe v. Wade.
Missouri seems to be next on the battleground.
The Missouri Senate came into session on May 15, proposing a bill banning all abortion after 8-weeks with only a very small exception for extreme medical emergencies.
The Republicans led this debate, but the Democrats dragged the debate process on for several hours, making every effort to keep the bill from moving forward.
The arguments went back and forth, the minutes passing into hours. The sun set and moon rose, and the senators were still at it.
By 3:00 A.M. they mutually determined a recess was in order.
It seems as though God performed some sort of miracle in the hard hearts of those opposing this bill during the break. Call it exhaustion or intervention, but either way the minutes from recess to a vote were very short.
Missouri Senate Republicans took to Twitter at 3:59am to announce the bill had passed:
HISTORY MADE! Missouri Stands with the Unborn Act (@Koenig4MO) passed by the Senate (24-10). No abortions after a heartbeat is detected, no abortions after the baby can feel pain, abortions are outlawed after Roe v. Wade is overturned. #prolife #moleg pic.twitter.com/pottSt7tGg
— Missouri Senate Republicans (@MoSenateGOP) May 16, 2019
While many pro-life supporters are overjoyed by such a statement bill from Alabama, some are concerned. Christian Headlines reports that some are worried if this measure “could be overturned by the new Supreme Court majority.”
For a more protected plan of action, Missouri’s bill is created as a series and considered “less restrictive,” so that if the courts determine an overthrow of the 8-week concept, their bill would still be active and simply change terms to 14-20 weeks based on the Court’s decisions.
According to Missouri House Speaker Elijah Haahr, “This is not a piece of legislation that is designed for a challenge. This is the type of legislation that is designed to withstand a challenge and to actually save lives in our state.”
This new Missouri bill will also change things for parents of minors requesting abortion.
The current law states that only one parent must give consent for the procedure to take place. In the bill that has just passed at a 24 to 10 vote, both parents will have to give approval. The only exception to this rule is in circumstances where there is only one legal guardian.
Now pray for the court challenges and that life will prevail despite the lawsuits that are no doubt still to come.