JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A lawmaker in Missouri has presented a bill that would end abortion in the state with no exceptions.
Rep. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, introduced the “Right to Life Act” in the legislature on Monday, which recognizes the unborn as being persons from the point of conception and therefore entitled to the right to life.
“The life of each human being begins at conception and is hereby deemed a person,” it declares. “As with all persons, unborn children have protectable interests in life, health, and well-being. The natural parents of unborn children have protectable interests in the life, health, and well-being of their unborn child.”
The bill consequently mandates that “[l]aw enforcement officers, officers of the court, and any licensed or state regulated entities in the state shall affirmatively enforce article I, section 10 of the Constitution of Missouri, which specifies that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.”
Moon’s legislation has not yet been scheduled for a hearing, but if passed, would go into effect on Aug. 28.
In October, Moon outlined on his blog that he disagrees with simply regulating abortion and believes that the murder of one’s unborn child should be outlawed altogether.
“Pro-lifers only seek to regulate abortions. Though it may not be their intent, pro-lifers are the ones keeping abortion legal,” he wrote. “Pro-lifers lobby for legislation containing language like this: ‘It’s legal to kill your child if you wait 36 hours to decide’ or ‘It’s legal to kill your child if you give him or her pain killers first.'”
“Representative Moon does not seek to regulate abortion. He intends to abolish human abortion and with the help of others, both representatives and fellow Missourians, we will be successful!” the post said.
As previously reported, earlier this month, a lawmaker in Idaho also advised that he plans to present legislation that will criminalize abortion as first-degree murder.
Sen. Dan Foreman, R-Moscow, told reporters that he believes abortion needs to be prosecuted for what it is: murder.
“I think Roe v. Wade is a disgrace,” he told East Idaho News. “It lies in the face of the U.S. Constitution, our Constitution here in Idaho, and it just lies in the face of common sense.”
Under his soon-coming legislation, both the woman who seeks out the death of her unborn child and the abortionist who murders the baby would be charged with first-degree murder.
“People find themselves, in many cases, with unwanted pregnancies and the easy answer is to just terminate the baby,” Foreman said. “We’re looking at killing innocent kids, and it’s not up to us to just kill it to solve someone else’s personal problem.”
Texas Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington likewise presented a bill this month declaring that unborn children are entitled to human rights from the moment of conception, and removes current exemptions under state criminal homicide law relating to abortion.
“When you read and see how abortions are performed, and how they end the life of an innocent child, it amazes me that we allow that,” Tinderholdt told the Star-Telegram. “When we look back over history and we see … the cultures that took the lives of children, people are appalled by that. People are going to do that with America, too, and look back one day and say they can’t believe we allowed this.”