Appeals Court Strikes Down Missouri Abortion Law


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The 8th U.S. Appeals Court in St. Louis today prevented the state of Missouri from enforcing a 2019 law that would ban abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy.

The jury of three judges released their verdict after hearing arguments in the 2019 law case in September.

The lawsuit was filed by Reproductive Health Services, which operates the St. Louis abortion clinic, and the American Civil Liberties Union. A federal judge blocked the law while the legal challenge was in progress, leading to the state’s appeal to the 8th District.

US District Judge Howard Sachs said in his ruling last year that Planned Parenthood and the ACLU were likely to succeed in their lawsuit alleging the law was unconstitutional. Similar laws were struck down in North Dakota and Iowa.

Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt said in a statement the state was planning a Supreme Court review. Missouri is one of several Conservative states that have introduced abortion restrictions in recent years in hopes that the increasingly conservative Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade, will eventually overturn the 1973 decision that established a nationwide right to abortion.

Last month, the Supreme Court voted 6-3 on a case over whether states can ban abortions before a fetus can survive outside the uterus. Experts say the case could dramatically change judgments on abortion rights for nearly 50 years.



Robert Dunfee