Missouri is the first state where abortion is illegal after the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling striking down Roe v. Wade.
Minutes after the decision, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued an opinion that would trigger parts of a state House bill that outlaws almost all abortions in the state, with no exceptions for rape or incest.
“With this attorney general opinion, my Office has effectively ended abortion in Missouri, becoming the first state in the country to do so following the court’s ruling,” Schmitt said.
The attorney general made the announcement on Twitter at 10:16 a.m.
“This is a monumental day for the sanctity of life,” Schmitt said.
🚨 BREAKING 🚨 Following the SCOTUS ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, Missouri has just become the first in the country to effectively end abortion with our AG opinion signed moments ago. This is a monumental day for the sanctity of life. pic.twitter.com/Jphy72R4rq— Attorney General Eric Schmitt (@AGEricSchmitt) June 24, 2022
In addition to the Show-Me State, twelve others have similar trigger laws — Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming — that would put a near-total ban on abortion once they go into effect.