KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A ban on most abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy won’t take effect as scheduled in Missouri.
U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs on Tuesday issued an order temporarily blocking the law as a lawsuit against it plays out in court. The law had been scheduled to take effect Wednesday. Attorneys for the state can appeal Sachs’ decision.
The abortion ban includes exceptions for medical emergencies for the mother, but there are no exceptions for rape or incest.
Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri argue the law is unconstitutional and goes against the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.
Similar laws have been struck down in North Dakota and Iowa.
Governor Parson’s Statement Regarding Federal Ruling on HB 126
(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – “We sent a strong message that Missouri stands for life, protection of women’s health, and advocates for the unborn with the passage and signing of HB 126. We are encouraged that today’s court ruling upheld the anti-discrimination provisions of the law, and we look forward to litigating the remaining issues. As Governor, I am honored to lead a state that is committed to standing up for those without a voice and will continue to fight for the unborn. HB 126 also carried several other provisions that will go into effect tomorrow that will increase women’s health. Most notably, it will modify the definition of pregnancy resource centers, leading to greater access and safety for women.”