Judge Howard Sachs, a federal district court judge from Kansas City, issued a ruling this week stating that he is blocking enforcement of two Missouri abortion laws in a lawsuit brought by Planned Parenthood. The two laws include one that requires abortion doctors to have clinical privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of an abortion clinic, and the other requires abortion clinics to meet the safety requirements of ambulatory surgery centers.
The judge cited a Supreme Court ruling from last summer which struck down similar laws in Texas that the Court ruled were an undue burden on a woman’s right to an abortion. With this ruling, the door is now open for more abortion clinics to begin operating in Missouri. The MCC will continue tracking this case as it progresses through the courts. Stay tuned and pray for Attorney General Josh Hawley’s office as they contemplate their strategy going forward.