Pro-Life And Pro-Choice Activisits Mark The 33rd Anniversary Of Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON - JANUARY 23: Pro-life activist Brad Luberda of St. Louis displays a sign against a group of pro-choice activists in front of the U.S. Supreme Court January 23, 2006 in Washington, DC. Thousands of people took part in the annual ?March for Life? event to mark the 33rd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led Senate has passed a wide-ranging bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy, acting only hours after Alabama's governor signed a near-total abortion ban into law.

Senators voted 24-10 for the bill early Thursday. The proposed eight-week ban allows exceptions only in medical emergencies, not cases of rape or incest.

The measure now returns to the House for another vote on the Senate changes, ahead of a Friday deadline to pass bills.

Republican-led legislatures around the U.S. are imposing new restrictions, hoping more conservative justices will overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion.

Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia approved bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can occur in about the sixth week of pregnancy.

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