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New Missouri resolution would define a preborn baby as a person

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“As a former embryo myself, I want that protection for all embryos, present and future.” So said Missouri State Representative Mike Moon (R) this week in support of a resolution to protect preborn babies in the state constitution.

The resolution proposed by Moon would send to Missouri voters a ballot initiative, asking them to approve a constitutional amendment formally recognizing preborn babies as human beings with the right to life.

Moon does not consider the proposed amendment to be a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, but would instead “set a foundation in the [state] Constitution that protects the health of women and unborn children,” providing “a constitutional framework for any other laws that can come after it.”

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It could also be interpreted as effectively banning abortions in Missouri in the event of Roe being overturned. Currently, 11 states still have pre-Roe abortion bans on the books that would be reactivated if Roe fell, and another four have post-Roe laws that would immediately ban abortion upon Roe’s overturn.

Prominent pro-life speaker and advocate Rebecca Kiessling, who was conceived in rape, testified in favor of the resolution, arguing “I deserved to be protected, and every child deserves that same protection […] I’m going to do everything I can to protect others.”

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