[Editor’s note: This story originally was published by Live Action.]
By Nancy Flanders
A Missouri pro-life legislator has announced she plans to introduce a bill similar to the Texas Heartbeat Act. The unique Texas law empowers citizens to enforce the state’s restriction on abortion once an embryonic heartbeat can be detected by allowing them to sue abortionists and others who aid in the abortion. The child’s mother is exempt from liability.
Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman vowed last week to introduce a version of this Texas legislation that aims to end abortion in Missouri. “I am absolutely going to file a bill as soon as I can,” she said. “We are committed as a group to work together to do absolutely any and all procedural or legal avenues to end abortion.”
Missouri passed a law in 2019 meant to restrict abortion to the first eight weeks of pregnancy, but that law is currently not in force and is tied up in the court system. The Supreme Court is set this fall to hear the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which centers on Mississippi’s restriction on abortion at 15 weeks. In the meantime, Coleman and other pro