Missouri legislators met Wednesday on the senate floor to discuss the abortion bill at the Missouri State Capital building in Jefferson City. The bill, also known as House Bill 126, would outlaw abortions past eight weeks from conception in the state of Missouri. Supporters of the anti-abortion group Missouri Right For Life gathered at the capital on Wednesday evening to show their support.
Multiple states around the country have passed similar bills, making it illegal to have an abortion early in a pregnancy. These controversial bills have sparked conversation among lawmakers and around the state. Similar legislation is being moved in Louisiana. If the bill passes, Missouri's restrictions will follow similar bans and limitations placed on the procedure in states like Ohio, Alabama and others.
Some revisions were made to the bill before it ultimately passed with a 24-10 vote at around 4 a.m. on Thursday.
The legislative session ends on Friday at 6 p.m.
Sen. Bob Onder expresses disapproval for the proposed changes to House Bill 126
Megan Casady lies on the ground while Sue Gibson sits nearby late into Wednesday night
Sen. Eric Burlison meets with Kathy Forck and Therese Sander
Jamie Morris stands against a ledge in the Missouri State Capitol building
Sen. Bob Onder addresses members of the media
The Missouri Senate floor sits empty at the Missouri State Capitol building
Abortion-rights opponents gather inside the Missouri State Capitol building
From left, Representative Nick Schroer, Sen. Jeanie Riddle and Sen. Eric Burlison talk in the hallway
Senators gather at the edge of the senate floor during a fillibuster on abortion legislation
Ellen Korte sits in the halls of the Missouri State Capitol Building
Sen. Kiki Curls, D-Kansas City, stands in the Missouri Senate
Jay Nelson laughs inside Sen. Jamilah Nasheed's office
Republican senators hold a news conference
Sen. Jill Schupp, D-St. Louis, speaks at a press conference
Two anti-abortion supporters wander through the halls of the Missouri State Capitol
Sen. Lauren Arthur, D-Kansas City, listens to Sen. Jill Schupp, D-St. Louis
Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, hugs Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake Saint Louis
Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, sits in on the Senate's final vote
Scaffolding covers the Missouri State Capitol Building