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Missouri Becomes Second State to Enact AUL’s “Pregnant Woman’s Protection Act”

On June 25, 2010, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed House Bill 2081 into law, ensuring that a pregnant woman can use deadly force to protect the life of her unborn child. The new law is based on innovative AUL model legislation: the “Pregnant Woman’s Protection Act.”

In 2009, Oklahoma became the first state to enact this important and much-needed legislation, passing it by unanimous votes in both the House and Senate.

Recognizing a critical deficiency in state criminal laws, AUL developed the “Pregnant Woman’s Protection Act” to ensure that women who use force, including deadly force, to protect the lives of their unborn children from criminal attacks are not later themselves subjected to prosecution and incarceration.

Importantly, the new law extends both legal recognition and legal protection to an unborn child. It also further isolates abortion as the only instance in which such legal recognition and legal protection are not afforded to an unborn child.