Missouri abortion ban one step closer to becoming law as state house passes bill

The governor says he'll sign it into law, but where does the fight go from here?
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Transcript for Missouri abortion ban one step closer to becoming law as state house passes bill
Now to Missouri becoming the latest state about to put tougher restrictions on abortion. The governor saying he'll sign a bill passed by the statehouse and senate. ABC's Stephanie Ramos is in Washington. With the series of legal battles on abortion being Teed up across the country. Good morning, Stephanie. Reporter: Eva, good morning. After hours of debate, Missouri passed its anti-abortion legislation with a vote of 110-44 as the nation watched. What do we do? Reporter: Just days after Alabama passed a near total abortion ban, the show me state of Missouri is showing it can too. Missouri's house and senate passed a bill that bans abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy. Missouri is taking a stand. Missouri stands for the unborn. Reporter: Some lawmakers making emotional pleas against the bill. This is nothing but an affront, not to roe versus wade but to what it stands for, to the U.S. Constitution itself. The right to privacy in this country, privacy from intrusion from your government. Reporter: The law goes into effect in Missouri as soon as Republican governor mark parsons signs the bill, and he's hinted he will. In Missouri's only remaining abortion clinic, Dr. David Eisenberg is concerned. When women don't think there's an option for a safe, legal and accessible abortion in their state or near them, they're going to seek whatever care they can find and many women will be hurt or injured or potentially lose their life. Reporter: Missouri is now the fifth state this year to pass a heartbeat bill which means a state will not perform the procedure if a heartbeat is detected but neither the Alabama law, nor the proposed Missouri bill have exemptions for cases of rape or incest. Abortions would only be allowed if there is a serious health risk to the mother. This gives more rights to the rapist than it doese to the mother. Reporter: All of it leading to having the law challenged and reach the supreme court where the new balance of power could overturn roe versus wade or dramatically change the landmark decision which declared abortion legal. There is a strong likelihood that roe is in real jeopardy in the very near term, and I think that was actually kind of clear even with the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. The supreme court could if it wanted to take up one of these cases next year or the year after. And Stephanie Ramos joining the question now, what's next in these abortion battles? Well, Eva, there are several appeals that are being launched on the laws that have been passed and then there are some proposals that are close to being passed. Louisiana, for instance, is now just one house vote away from advancing a bill similar to Missouri's and both Wisconsin and Texas have several bills in motion to restrict abortions including cuts to planned parenthood funding, but other states are moving ahead with laws to help protect anti-abortion laws. Vermont has passed a bill protecting abortion rights and Illinois is expected to do the same. Eva. All right, thank you, Stephanie Ramos for us in Washington.

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