Despite a Planned Parenthood lawsuit resulting in a temporary injunction, the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will again consider a Missouri law banning abortions after 8 weeks gestation, among other provisions for mothers and unborn children.
Life Site News reports:
In a move called a “surprise” and “sudden” by Missouri Right to Life and Planned Parenthood respectively, the federal appeals court has decided to review its June 9, 2021 ruling blocking Missouri’s HB 126, the “Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act.”
Enacted in 2019, the law declares that “an abortion shall not be performed or induced upon a woman at eight weeks gestational age or later, except in cases of medical emergency.” It contains no specific exemption for rape or incest. Doctors are punishable with prison terms of up to 15 years under the law. The mothers of aborted children would not be punished.
“A person who knowingly violates these provisions shall be guilty of a class B felony, as well as subject to suspension or revocation of his or her professional license,” under the law. “A pregnant woman upon whom an abortion is performed or induced in violation of these provisions shall not be prosecuted for a conspiracy to violate this act.”
The law also forbids “discriminatory” abortions committed on the basis of an unborn child’s race, sex, or Down Syndrome diagnosis; requires informed consent from mothers seeking abortions; requires guardians to grant permission for minors’ abortions; and raises the amount of medical insurance required for abortion providers.
A three-judge panel of the Eighth U.S. Circuit of Appeals initially upheld an injunction to the new pro-life law, calling its ban on abortion “categorically unconstitutional.” But now the full 18-judge circuit will review the case, the Missouri Independent reports.