After an hours-long Democratic filibuster, the Missouri Senate voted 24-10 in favor of the “Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act” early Thursday morning. The legislation would ban abortions after eight weeks, with the exception of medical emergencies, but makes no exceptions for rape or incest.
Missouri lawmakers and their staffers took to Twitter throughout the evening to praise, criticize and share updates on the bill.
Senate Republicans were proud of the legislation’s passage and happy to share.
As the Senate sponsor of the Heartbeat Bill, I’m proud to see the passage of the most comprehensive #prolife legislation in the country. Thanks to the hard work of the house sponsor @NickBSchroer. #MOLeg #heartbeat pic.twitter.com/n1C1jjzgOx— Andrew Koenig (@Koenig4MO) May 16, 2019
Others gave constituents a personal look into the evening with photos and updates live from the floor.
Critics were just as loud, even if less direct.
It’s a rage against the machine morning.— Crystal Quade (@crystal_quade) May 16, 2019
Some critics were less expected, including one GOP senator and a California researcher and doctor.
Many Missouri democrats were vocal about the inconsistencies with conservative’s support of the bill and discontent with recent Medicaid legislation.
Don’t call it pro-life call it anti-abortion. You don’t care as much about what happens after the baby is born. How many kids have been removed from the Medicaid rolls recently here? How many are in poverty? Unhoused? How often have u looked the other way from kids in cages? https://t.co/t4gsWMemid— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) May 16, 2019
And at the end of a long night, one Missouri house staffer sent out a resounding call to action: