UPDATED: MCC responds to court ruling keeping portions of Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act from taking effect
A federal judge blocked key portions of one of the most ambitious pieces of pro-life legislation in Missouri’s history, a day before the law was scheduled to go into effect.
But other aspects of the law were allowed to stand, pending the outcome of a lawsuit against the state.
In response to the lawsuit and after hearing arguments from both sides, U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs issued a temporary injunction on the eight-week abortion ban called for in HB 126, also known as the Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act.
The order also prevents abortion bans beginning at 14, 18 and 20 weeks that were also included in HB 126 from being enforced. The drafters of the legislation intended for a new threshold in fetal development to be the cut-off for abortion if one of the earlier bans was struck down in court.–Catholic Missourian