Planned Parenthood and the ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging a Missouri law that bans all abortions after 8,14,18, and 20 weeks of pregnancy except in cases where the life of the mother is at risk. It includes several other provisions not challenged in the lawsuit, including increased tax credits for donations to pregnancy clinics and bans on abortions committed due to the race, sex, medical diagnosis of the child. Interestingly, in the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned, the law is built to automatically prohibit all abortions in the state of Missouri.
The Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act was designed to restrict abortion as much as possible without challenging the ruling in Roe vs. Wade according to Nick Schroer, one of the bill's sponsors. Planned Parenthood and the ACLU's challenge is based on the accusation that it still conflicts with the Supreme Court Ruling. The eight-week ban is the only part of the law that is being challenged in court and has been suspended until a final ruling is made, but the rest of the law can still be enforced. Click here for more.