Missouri is set to become the latest US state to introduce strict laws on abortion after the state’s senate approved a bill that would ban abortion beyond eight weeks, including in cases of rape and incest.
Only medical emergencies would be exempt.
It came hours after Alabama on Wednesday introduced a law banning almost all abortions.
The Missouri bill, known as the Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act, is expected to pass the state’s Republican-controlled House and be signed by Mike Parson, the Republican governor.
Its authors called it “one of the most pro-life bills in the United States”.
Dave Schatz, president of the state senate, said: “This comprehensive, life-affirming legislation prohibits abortions once a heartbeat has been detected. If we eliminate abortion in this state we would be happy to see that occur.”
Doctors would face up to 15 years in prison for violating the eight-week cutoff.