Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has asked the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to stay Kansas City federal judge Howard Sachs’ order, which invalidates Missouri law intended to protect women seeking an abortion. Sachs recently struck down Missouri laws requiring abortion practitioners to have clinical privileges at a local hospital and requiring that abortion clinics meet the structural requirements of outpatient surgery centers. The effect of Judge Sachs’ order would require the state to act on Planned Parenthood’s request to license abortion centers in Columbia, Kansas City, Springfield and Joplin.
Hawley has argued that Missouri law differs from similar laws in Texas struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court last summer, and that recorded evidence shows that abortion in Missouri is not safe. He has asked the appellate court to step in and grant a stay of Sachs’ order pending the appeal of the case. Stay tuned!