MARCH 2, 2006 - Posted at 8:07 a.m. CST
JEFFERSON CITY, MO - A Missouri lawmaker says it's time to outlaw most abortions in the state.
Republican state Senator Jason Crowell of Cape Girardeau is proposing a ballot measure banning abortions in Missouri except to prevent a woman's death. Violators could be charged with a felony punishable by five to 15 years in prison.
If the Legislature endorses the idea, it would go on the November ballot.
The Legislature has a solid anti-abortion majority and has enacted various restrictions on the procedure over the years.
South Dakota lawmakers voted last week to ban abortions except those needed to save a woman's life. Governor Mike Rounds has said he's inclined to sign the measure.