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Late-term abortion ban, other new laws, go into effect in Mo.

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)
Mo. Capitol

Most of the new laws passed by the Missouri General Assembly this year officially took effect over the weekend, on August 28.

They includethe controversial ban on late-term abortionsthat Governor Jay Nixon(D) allowed to become law without his signature.

The new law bans abortions on fetuses after 20 weeks unless the woman’s life is in danger or the pregnancy poses a severe risk of bodily harm. Majority Floor Leader Tim Jones(R, Eureka) sponsored the House version.

“Viability will now become the new standard which will determine whether or not a late-term abortion can be performed or not in the state of Missouri," Jones said.

Opponents say the new law will intrude on difficult family decisions and do nothing to protect the health of women.

Other new laws now in effect include drug testing for certain welfare recipients and a ban on bath salts that can be used as synthetic drugs.

Marshal was a political reporter for St. Louis Public Radio until 2018.