July 15, 2022

Federal Court Reinstates Missouri Down Syndrome Abortion Ban

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned two district court rulings by upholding a Missouri law banning abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis. The law will now be allowed to take effect.

“Individuals with Down syndrome bring joy, love, and light to those around them and society as a whole. They are daughters and sons, sisters and brothers and friends. They hold jobs, play sports, and are involved in their communities. They make our world a better place,” said Missouri Attorney General Schmitt in a press release. “A pre-natal Down syndrome diagnosis should not be a death sentence, and because of our efforts, it no longer is. I’m proud to have led this fight to protect individuals with Down syndrome and uphold the sanctity of life.”

The law was passed in 2019, but pro-abortion groups filed suit to have the law blocked under the precedent of Roe v. Wade. With Roe overturned, there was nothing to stop Missouri from outlawing these discriminatory abortions.