8th Circuit Disappoints With Block on Missouri’s Pro-life Protections

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Missourians, Like Most Americans, Reject Extreme Policies Allowing Abortion on Demand Trough Birth

Washington, D.C. – The national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) responded today as the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked part of the Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act. The provision of the law that protects unborn children from abortion at eight weeks of pregnancy and later is blocked while litigation continues.

The 8th Circuit’s action comes shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will consider the question of whether all “pre-viability” limits on abortion are unconstitutional. The case is Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

SBA List State Policy Director Sue Liebel offered the following comment:

“We’re disappointed the circuit court refused to let Missouri’s law stand, especially with a landmark U.S. Supreme court case already pending. Missouri lawmakers acted on the will of the people when they enacted some of the nation’s strongest protections for the unborn and their mothers in 2019. Since then, many other states have added to the groundswell of pro-life legislation enacted in recent years, with almost 500 bills introduced this year alone – 89 of them enacted in law. Americans reject the extreme status quo of abortion on demand through birth and are eager to humanize our laws.

“We thank our local allies fighting for the right to protect the most vulnerable and we look forward to seeing the case appealed.”

The Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act also includes provisions limiting late-term abortions after five months of pregnancy, when science shows unborn children can feel pain; declaring the state of Missouri and all its political subdivisions a “sanctuary of life”; banning discriminatory abortions for reasons of sex, race, or Down syndrome; requiring abortionists to have adequate malpractice insurance; and more.

Polling released this week shows a strong majority of voters reject abortion extremism and politicians who support it.

SBA List is a network of 900,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders. 




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