Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue Missouri over 8-week abortion ban

ST. LOUIS — Planned Parenthood and the ACLU have filed lawsuit against Missouri on July 30 over it’s eight-week abortion ban bill.

The suit is being prosecuted by the law firm Paul, Weiss, seeks to overturn the Missouri law signed by Gov. Mike Parson that rules out abortion after eight weeks, declaring it unconstitutional.

A statement from Planned Parenthood also claims the law places an unnecessary amount of medical restrictions on women who choose to have an abortion.

The suit is part of a long-term fight over abortion accessibility in the state after Parson signed the bill in May of 2019. This fight included questions over the licensing of the abortion clinic in St. Louis, which is the only clinic in the state. Missouri officials cited “failed surgical abortions” among their reason to not renew the clinic’s license. The lab has been re-accredited and can continue performing abortions until another hearing on August 1.

Several states have considered or implemented abortion laws in the past year, including Alabama, which has been called the most restrictive ban in the nation.

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