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The Missouri House passed a bill Friday banning almost all abortions after eight weeks and the Missouri governor is expected to sign it.

The Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act, H.B. 126, which passed the Missouri Senate Thursday, passed the GOP-led House with a vote of 110-44 in favor of the bill, HuffPost reported. The bill allows for abortions after eight weeks only in case of medical emergency and does not make exceptions for rape or incest. Doctors who defy the bill and perform abortions after eight weeks could face up to 15 years in prison.

The Missouri bill also would prevent minors from obtaining an abortion without written parental consent as well as prevent doctors from performing abortions if they know the mother wants an abortion because her unborn child has Down syndrome.

The bill includes precautionary language intended to apply if the bill is ruled unconstitutional. 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.

Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parson is expected to sign the bill within a week, according to CNN. The bill would go into effect immediately after the governor signs it, the publication reported.

Missouri joins Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama and Ohio in enacting restrictive abortion legislation. (RELATED: These Are The States That Have Passed Pro-Life Abortion Bills This Year)

Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed H.B. 314 into law Wednesday. The Alabama law will take effect in six months and is the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S The law is a near-total ban on abortions and makes no exceptions for cases of rape or incest. However, the law would make an exception if the mother’s health was in serious danger.

Democratic politicians expressed emotion and disappointment over the Missouri bill on Friday.

“The likelihood of me dying in childbirth is four times higher,” Democratic Missouri state Rep. Cora Faith Walker said Friday, according to the HuffPo. “It’s not hyperbole, it’s reality.”

Democratic Missouri state Rep. Sarah Unsicker ran through a list of the many ways she believes women will try to obtain illegal abortions, such as “laundry bleach, acid, knitting needles, bicycle spokes, ballpoint pens, jumping from the top of the stairs or the roof,” according to the HuffPo.

“In an effort to intentionally instill confusion and panic in the communities I provide health care for across the state, Missouri has joined Ohio, Georgia, and Alabama on the growing list of states aiming to ban abortion,” Missouri-based OB-GYN Dr. Colleen McNicholas said in a statement.

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