Over the last few months, the representatives for the USA states of Alabama and Georgia have introduced anti-abortion bills, effectively banning abortions at every stage of pregnancy, and criminalising the procedure for doctors.
U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs issued a temporary injunction against the "Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act" on Tuesday.
Missouri Right to Life put out a statement saying Judge Sachs has a history of ruling for abortion and that they are disappointed but not surprised by the ruling.
Meanwhile, attorney Jay Kanzler, a legal expert for Fox 2, said the judge is basically upholding the Supreme Court's interpretation that states can't stop a woman from having an abortion prior to the viability of the fetus.
"The hostility to, and refusal to comply with, the Supreme Court's abortion jurisprudence is most obviously demonstrated in the attempt to push "viability" protection downward in various weekly stages to 8 weeks". That is, barring abortions based on race, gender, or a Down Syndrome diagnosis to go forward.
The legislation that Republican Gov. Mike Parson signed in May has an exception for medical emergencies, but not for victims of rape or incest.
Missouri's newest abortion law was passed amid a nationwide wave of anti-abortion "heartbeat" bills prohibiting abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected.Читайте также: Saaho: Vijay D shares sweet message for 'Prabhas anna'..
Women's healthcare provider Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued Missouri over the law, arguing it was in effect an outright ban on abortion as many women do not know they are pregnant at eight weeks.
Sachs' decision follows similar moves by federal judges in other states that have passed legislation meant to limit abortion, including in OH and Arkansas. Several conservative states have passed restrictive laws on abortion in 2019 to try to make the Supreme Court revisit the constitutional issue.
Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region has been fighting the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services over its annual license renewal, arguing that the state is trying to "intimidate" abortionists by making renewal contingent on interviewing them about patient complaints.
The Tuesday ruling follows similar struck down legislation in North Dakota and Iowa and blocked abortion restrictions in Arkansas and Ohio.
But it's unclear if any of the bans on abortions before fetuses are viable outside the womb, which can be from 24 to 28 weeks, will stick. Nuelle said the attorney general's office is reviewing the full ruling and determining what steps to take next.
Attorneys for the state can now appeal against the ruling.
The law, which was enacted this year and set to take effect on Wednesday, would have banned the overwhelming majority of pre-viability abortions in Missouri, running afoul of more than four decades of Supreme Court precedent. A hearing is scheduled for the last week of October.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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