Missouri passes antiabortion law
- By: Fred Charatan
The Missouri state legislature has passed a far reaching antiabortion law, which abortion rights campaigners claim is the most restrictive in the past 25 years. The Infant's Protection Act was passed last month, despite the opposition and attempted veto of Missouri's Democratic governor, Mel Carnahan.
The new law, sponsored by right to life legislators, defines as infanticide any act causing the death of a fetus when it is outside or partly outside the womb, and makes that act a felony.
It makes illegal what is known in the United States as partial birth abortion, which is second or third trimester abortion carried out by dilatation and extraction. In this procedure the pregnant woman's cervix is dilated over two or three days, and after the fetus partially emerges it is killed when a suction tube is inserted into its skull and the skull is collapsed.
Thirty states have banned partial-birth abortion,