Local News: State’s law on abortion could be triggered if Roe v. Wade falls (5/11/22)


GOP Rep. Barry Hovis of Whitewater (D-146) was a co-sponsor of House Bill 126 in 2019, known as “Missouri Stand for the Unborn” Act. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Mike Parson but did not take effect due to court action. If the U.S. Supreme Court effectively strikes down Roe v. Wade later this year, the state could see abortion prohibition after eight weeks of pregnancy.

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If U.S. Supreme Court justices effectively invalidate Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 7-2 decision legalizing abortion, a 2019 law passed by Missouri’s General Assembly could be triggered — which would prohibit the procedure to women after eight weeks of pregnancy.


On May 15, 2019, state senators approved House Bill 126, titled “Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act,” introduced by Rep. Nick Schroer of O’Fallon, Missouri, on a 24-10 vote.

Among those voting in favor was then-Sen. Wayne Wallingford of Cape Girardeau.

Two days later, on March 17, the state House also gave its approval to Schroer’s bill, 108-46.

Area representatives Barry Hovis, Rick Francis, Holly Thompson Rehder and Kathy Swan voted in the affirmative.

Swan is no longer in the legislature and Thompson Rehder took Wallingford’s former senate seat.