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Gov. Parson gives final State of the State address, highlights that Missouri is abortion-free

by | Jan 25, 2024

By Dave Andrusko

In his final State of the State address, pro-life Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday touted his success at making his state abortion-free.

Embarking on his final year in office (Gov. Parson is term-limited), he told a joint session of the Missouri General Assembly, “We have fought the fight for life and reduced the number of abortions in our state from 8,000 annually to zero.”

Not surprising, Democrats sat in stoney silence on abortion and every other accomplishment. “I’ll be leaving here with my head held high,” Parson said.

“Twice during his speech he noted that abortion is illegal in Missouri, thanks to a bill he signed in 2019 that included a trigger that outlawed the procedure if the U.S. Supreme Court ever struck down Roe v. Wade,” according to Jason Hancock. “That Supreme Court ruling eventually came in 2022” in the Dobbs decision [https://missouriindependent.com/2024/01/24/missouri-governors-final-state-of-state-touts-abortion-ban-infrastructure-spending].

“Parson signed legislation in 2019 that allowed Missouri to swiftly ban nearly all abortions after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade in 2022,” Hancock reported. “Under state law, abortions are now only allowed for medical emergencies.”

Parson served years in the legislature and then 18 months as lieutenant governor before ascending to the state’s highest office after the governor resigned. In 2020, Parson was elected to a full four-year term.

He was elected to a full four-year term in 2020. 

Categories: State Legislation