Next abortion ban in Missouri?

That new restrictive state legislation just keeps on coming.

Published March 3, 2006 6:39PM (EST)

Note to women of South Dakota and Mississippi: If you were thinking about moving to Missouri to escape the yoke of new abortion legislation in your home states, don't. The legislature in the Show-Me State is now considering a very restrictive abortion ban, which would allow the procedure only to save the life of a pregnant woman, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Notably, not all antiabortion groups in Missouri support the measure. Larry Weber of the Missouri Catholic Conference, which lobbies frequently against abortion, is concerned that despite the recent addition of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, it may be premature to bring a challenge to Roe v. Wade; he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "I'm very disinclined to bring cases that intended to overturn Roe v. Wade without knowing we have the votes."

As for Alito, we hope that all Broadsheet readers saw the lovely thank-you note that he sent James Dobson of Focus on the Family, which War Room covered yesterday. Hey, who says men don't send thank-you notes?

By Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior writer for Salon.

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