SBA List Responds to Order Blocking Missouri’s Popular Pro-life Law

August 27, 2019
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82% of Missouri Voters Back Late-term Abortion Limits

Washington, D.C.  – The national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) issued the following response to a federal judge’s order temporarily blocking parts of the Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act as litigation continues:

“Missouri is a strongly pro-life state and lawmakers acted on their constituents’ will when they passed landmark protections for unborn children and their mothers,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “We are extremely disappointed in today’s ruling which blocks limits on abortion, even late-term abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy when the child can feel excruciating pain. Our polling shows that 82% of Missouri voters support banning these painful late-term abortions.

“We are grateful that the ban on discriminatory abortions – abortions that target children because they are not the desired gender or have a disability such as Down syndrome – was spared from the injunction and will go into effect as litigation proceeds.

“We continue to stand with the people of Missouri and believe their will should prevail as the case moves forward.”

Polling released by SBA List finds that 82 percent of Missouri voters – including 66 percent of Democrats, 83 percent of Independents, 83 percent of women, and 61 percent of self-described pro-choice voters – support a law prohibiting late-term abortions (only 18 percent support allowing late-term abortions).

The Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act contains some of the nation’s strongest protections for unborn children and their mothers, including provisions protecting unborn children from abortion at eight weeks of pregnancy and later; 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. The lawsuit challenges the gestational age limits in the law and also challenges the ban on discriminatory abortions.

SBA List is a network of more than 787,000 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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