Missouri Abortion Ban for Sex Selection and Genetic Abnormalities Act of 2014 (HB 1585)
This law was last updated on Apr 22, 2014
HB 1585 would have prohibited a person from intentionally performing or attempting to perform an abortion with the knowledge that the pregnant woman was seeking the abortion solely due to the sex of the unborn child or because the unborn child has been diagnosed with a genetic abnormality or a potential for a genetic abnormality.
The bill states that a person who violates this provisions commits a Class A misdemeanor unless the person had previously pled guilty to or had been convicted of a violation of the act, in which case the person was guilty of a class D felony. The bill further states that a physician who violates the provision may have his or her license suspended or revoked, and that a pregnant woman may not be prosecuted under the law or for conspiracy to violate the law.
Sex-selection abortions are not a widespread problem in the United States. However, anti-choice activists cite three studies documenting the use of sex-selection abortion primarily among a small number of immigrant women. The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum notes that a ban similar to the proposed Missouri ban “targets and thus limits reproductive health access for Asian American & Pacific Islander women, who anti-choicers say are the ones guilty of this abortion practice. We know the real solution to ending the preference for sons in some families is getting to the root of the problem: gender inequity. If lawmakers truly want to help us, we call on them to promote equal pay, access to education, health equity, and ending violence against women.”
Referred to Health Care Policy Committee. Public Hearing completed on April 2, 2014.
Similar to HB 386, which failed to pass in 2013.