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Abortion bills heard in Missouri Senate committee

State lawmakers considered four Senate bills Wednesday that would increase restrictions on abortions in Missouri.

The Senate Committee on Health and Pensions convened in a packed hearing room and was introduced to the controversial pieces of legislation.

Senate Bill 279 would establish the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Senate Bill 139 would ban abortion procedures after a fetal heartbeat is detected by a physician. Senate Bill 345 would outlaw abortions should the landmark Supreme Court decision on Roe V. Wade be overturned in the future. Senate Bill 312 adjusts the official mission of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to include the protection of the well-being of unborn children.

A second hearing room was opened up to house the overflow of the hearing’s attendees.

Sen. Andrew Koenig, R-St. Louis County, is the sponsor of senate bills 139 and 345.

A second hearing room has been opened up for overflow in this Senate committee hearing on abortion bills. #ABC17News

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