Missouri senators consider banning abortions at 8 weeks

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri senators are considering banning abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy.

Democrats in the Republican-led Senate on Wednesday slammed pending the legislation. Lawmakers have a Friday deadline to pass bills.

The only exception would be in cases of medical emergencies, not rape or incest.

The Missouri bill comes as abortion opponents across the U.S. push for new restrictions in hopes that the more conservative U.S. Supreme Court will overturn its landmark Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion.

Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia have approved bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can occur in about the sixth week of pregnancy.

Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed the measure Wednesday, making performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by 10 to 99 years or life in prison.

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