MO Lawmaker Wants to Imprison Those Giving Abortion Meds for Ectopic Pregnancies

A Republican lawmaker in Missouri wants to forbid the transfer and prescription of abortion medications in the state, and to place severe penalties on anyone who helps another person use such drugs, even in cases where the pregnancy isn’t viable and could result in serious complications or death.

Republican state Rep. Brian Seitz’s bill, HB 2810, would make it a felony offense to transport or make available “abortion-inducing devices or drugs”in the state. He proposed that anyone found guilty of doing this would be guilty in a class A felony. result in a prison sentence of five to 15 years.

Because of the way that the bill is written, it would impose more penalties on those who help women with ectopic pregnancies obtain abortion-inducing medications. Ectopic pregnancies happen when a fertilized egg implants outside of a person’s uterus, most commonly in the fallopian tubes, and are almost universally non-viableAs well as life-threatening.

“An ectopic pregnancy can cause your fallopian tube to burst open. Without treatment, the ruptured tube can lead to life-threatening bleeding,” the MAYO Clinic states on its website.

Under Seitz’s bill, individuals who provide someone with abortion medication to terminate an ectopic pregnancy could be charged with a class A felonyAll medical personnel, including doctors and other medical personnel. Class A felonies are punishable by a minimum of 10 year imprisonment and a maximum of a lifetime behind bars.

Seitz has promoted harsher sentencesIndividuals who help others access abortion procedures. In a debate on his bill, the Republican lawmaker said that he believes the penalties laid out in his proposal were not “strict enough.” When asked if he backed the death penalty for those providing abortion drugs, Seitz answered, “we’ll have to look at that in other legislation.”

There is currently a slew of anti-abortion measures being considered by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature — Include an amendment that is attached with many billsThis would allow Missouri residents to sue anyone who helps facilitate abortions. Rep. Mary Elizabeth Coleman’s (R) proposal would let people sue everyone from the doctor to the staffer scheduling the appointment.

Olivia Cappello, the press officer for state media campaigns at Planned Parenthood, has described Coleman’s proposal as “wild” and “bonkers.”