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'Most rapes are consensual': Missouri the latest U.S. state to restrict abortion

"Further, even among conservative-leaning subgroups like Republicans, evangelicals, and those who attend church at least weekly, more voters back abortion access with, at least, exceptions for rape and incest than support a policy of the type passed through the Alabama legislature this week that bans abortion without such exceptions".

At a time when USA rates of abortion have sharply declined, the issue has also reignited clashes between religious conservatives and others who say pro-life protections should extend to the unborn, and those, including civil libertarians, who see such measures as an infringement on women's rights.

In both states lawmakers have clearly stated that their goal is to get the topic in front of the Supreme Court, now boasting a conservative majority, to legally overturn Roe V. Wade and outlaw abortion altogether.

Missouri's bill also includes an outright ban on abortions except in cases of medical emergencies.

Should the Missouri measure win final passage in the House it would go into effect on August 28, with or without the governor's signature.

Alison Dreith, deputy director for Hope Clinic, which provides abortion care in IL, ten miles from downtown St. Louis, said they have seen a lot of people from Missouri and she expects their numbers to increase with the passage of this bill. When pressed on whether that made sense in the context of the rest of his sentence, he said he believes there is no such thing as "consensual rape".




Councilman Quinton Lucas, a lecturer at the KU School of Law who is running against Justus in the mayoral race, called the bill unconstitutional.

Not included in the bill: any exception for rape or incest.

"Polling conducted by ALG Research for Planned Parent Southeast a year ago showed that banning abortion without exceptions for rape and incest is overwhelmingly a minority position among Alabama voters", the firm said in its memo, which AL.com obtained Friday from Atlanta-based Planned Parenthood Southeast.

Some Democrats voiced their opposition to the bill, like Sen. Lauren Arthur (D-Kansas City) tweeted. The GOP-controlled House passed the bill shortly after.

State representative Kathy Swan (R., Cape Girardeau), a co-author of the legislation, said that Missouri needed to be proactive about defending the lives of the unborn. State law now says schools can start no sooner than 10 days before the first Monday in September. "Instead of taking up the hard work to fix these problems, they did this".

"There is no such thing as consensual rape", he told the Star's Thomas.

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