SB 1248 Enacts provisions to ban abortion in Missouri
Sponsor: Crowell Co-Sponsor(s)
LR Number: 5484S.02I Fiscal Note:
Committee: Commerce, Energy and the Environment
Last Action: 3/9/2006 - Second Read and Referred S Commerce, Energy and the Environment Committee Journal Page: S448
Title: Calendar Position:
Effective Date: contingent

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Current Bill Summary

SB 1248 - This act provides that no person shall knowingly administer to, prescribe to, prescribe for, procure for, or sell to any pregnant women any medicine, drug, or other substance with the specific intent of causing or abetting the termination of the life of an unborn child. No person shall knowingly use or employ any instrument or procedure upon a pregnant woman with the specific intent of causing or abetting the termination of the life of an unborn child.

This act also provides that nothing shall be construed to prohibit the sale, use, prescription, or administration of a contraceptive measure, drug or chemical, if it is administered prior to the time when a pregnancy could be determined through conventional medical testing and if the contraceptive measure is sold, used, prescribed, or administered in accordance with manufacturer instructions.

Also, no licensed physician who performs a medical procedure designed or intended to prevent the death of a pregnant mother is guilty of violating this act. However, the physician shall make reasonable medical efforts under the circumstances to preserve both the life of the mother and the life of her unborn child in a manner consistent with conventional medical practice.

Nothing in this act shall be construed to subject the pregnant mother upon whom any abortion is performed or attempted to any criminal conviction and penalty.

This act also repeals numerous provisions in Chapter 188, RSMo, that regulate abortion.

This act contains a referendum clause.