If allowed to take effect July 1 as planned, the law would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, around the sixth week of pregnancy.
Kim Reynolds signs a law banning most abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, or at around six weeks of pregnancy—setting the state up for a lengthy court fight.
Critics say the bill, which awaits the signature of anti-abortion GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds, would ban the medical procedure before some women even know they’re pregnant.
The Missouri solicitor general rules that women need not undergo a mandatory ultrasound before having an abortion, following a lawsuit claiming the procedure violates one woman's personal religious beliefs.