Senate Committee Hears Pain Capable Abortion Bill and Considers Extending Medical Benefits for Postpartum Care

The Missouri Senate Committee on Seniors, Families and Children heard testimony this week on HB 1266, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. Donna Lichtenegger (R-Cape Girardeau). The bill would ban abortions in Missouri at 20 weeks, the point at which credible medical evidence reveals unborn children can feel pain. The MCC testified in support of the bill.

The committee also heard testimony on HB 2280, sponsored by Rep. Marsha Haefner (R-St. Louis), that would extend medical coverage to postpartum mothers struggling with addiction from 60 days to one year to provide further treatment. If passed, the bill would give these mothers additional time to recover from their drug dependency, thereby creating a better home environment for their newborn children. The MCC also testified in support of this bill.

Both HB 1266 and HB 2280 provide vital protection for women and their unborn children. The MCC will be working for their passage in the closing weeks of the Missouri General Assembly.