A Missouri state lawmaker was met with hisses when he used the phrase "consensual rape" during a highly charged House debate on a bill that would ban abortions at eight weeks, including in cases of rape and incest.
Editor's note: A previous version of this story contained inaccurate information about the final version of the bill approved by the Missouri House and Senate. "Tom Perez, the head of the DNC, has said, if you are pro-life, you can not be a Democrat, we will not support you".
As noted by NBC News, the legislation "still needs at least another vote of approval in the Missouri House before it can go to Gov. Mike Parson, who is Republican and supports it". "They want to turn back the clock, outlaw abortion and deny women access to reproductive health care".
Rihanna has condemned Kay Ivey, governor of Alabama, for approving a bill which bans women from having abortion in the state.
Supporters say the Alabama bill is meant to conflict with the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationally in hopes of sparking a court case that might prompt the current panel of more conservative justices to revisit abortion rights.
Rihanna is speaking out against Alabama's controversial abortion bill. In the event that the bill is ruled unconstitutional, the bill will become a 14-week abortion ban, then an 18-week abortion ban and then a 20-week abortion ban. Violations by doctors would be punishable by prison sentences, though women who seek out the procedure would not be subject to criminal prosecution.
"This is nothing but an affront not to Roe v. Wade, but to what it stands for: to the US Constitution itself", he said.
"We're going to fight every right-wing lawmaker's attempt to overturn Roe vs Wade", Warren said.
State representative Kathy Swan (R., Cape Girardeau), a co-author of the legislation, said that Missouri needed to be proactive about defending the lives of the unborn.
The measure also prohibits abortions based on race, sex or the potential for Down Syndrome, and requires a parent or guardian to notify the other parent before giving written consent for a minor.