A federal judge blocked key elements of a Missouri law banning abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy Tuesday afternoon; likely sending the legislation to higher courts and potentially the Supreme Court of the United States.
“A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked a Missouri ban on abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy just hours before the law was slated to take effect,” reports Fox News. “The law was expected to be implemented on Wednesday, but U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs put a pause on the ban, citing pending court proceedings.”
“Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri claimed the ban was unconstitutional and filed a lawsuit in federal court. The groups argued that the ban goes against the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortions across the nation. Federal law currently allows states to ban abortions after fetuses can survive outside the womb, which can be from 24 to 28 weeks,” adds Fox.
Missouri is not alone in their effort to limit abortions; with Mississippi, Ohio, Arkansas, and Kentucky passing similar legislation.
At the same time, states like New York, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Vermont have enacted laws to expand abortion rights.
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