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Sat Aug 3, 2019, 01:20 AM

Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue to block Missouri's abortion ban

With less than a month to go until a new abortion law is set to go into effect, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU of Missouri have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop the ban.

The joint complaint — filed Tuesday with U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri — said Missouri officials “have engaged in a targeted campaign against abortion” for years. The complaint argued Missouri’s new law is in direct contradiction to decisions already handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding abortion, including the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

“If HB 126 is permitted to take effect, Plaintiff’s patients will be subject to significant and irreparable constitutional, medical, emotional, and other harms for which no adequate remedy at law exists,” the lawsuit said.

Republican Gov. Mike Parson signed HB 126 into law in May. It bans abortions after eight weeks and includes several “nestled” components — designed to withstand legal challenges — with restrictions at 14, 18, and 20 weeks. It does not include exemptions for rape or incest victims.

Read more: https://themissouritimes.com/63620/planned-parenthood-aclu-sue-to-block-missouris-abortion-ban/

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