Federal Court Blocks Anti-Abortion Law

Federal Court Blocks Anti-Abortion Law

(RepublicanPress.org) – Abortion remains as controversial as ever, even 50 years after the Supreme Court legalized the procedure in its landmark Roe v. Wade ruling of 1973. The SCOTUS is slated to hear a case next year that could alter the role of its 1973 ruling moving forward. In the meantime, several states have enacted laws limiting the availability of abortions.

On June 9, a three-judge panel of the 8th US Circuit Appeals Court upheld an injunction against a far-reaching Missouri anti-abortion law that banned abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy. It also blocked a woman’s access to the procedure if an abortion provider knew she was terminating the pregnancy due to a diagnosis of fetal Down Syndrome.

The court ruled that preventing a woman from getting an abortion for a Down Syndrome diagnosis amounted to the same thing as a ban on pre-viability abortions. The court panel noted that the state’s interest in prohibiting a woman’s right to an abortion before viability was not strong enough to support a ban on the procedure or the placement of a “substantial obstacle to [a] woman’s effective right” to choose to have the procedure.

Tougher laws have been enacted in other states, but it looks like pro-life advocates in Missouri still have some work to do if they want to limit access to abortion.

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