This week, Jackson County Circuit Judge Margene Burnett denied Planned Parenthood and the ACLU’s request to enjoin implementation of portions of SB 5, the abortion law passed this summer. The upshot of the ruling is that the law became effective Tuesday, October 24th, and that abortions will not be performed in Columbia, Springfield, and Joplin in the coming weeks, unless Planned Parenthood can comply with the new safety regulations.
Judge Burnett denied the request for a preliminary injunction and a temporary restraining order, finding that Planned Parenthood and the ACLU “failed to carry their burden to establish sufficient facts …which would permit this Court to provide injunctive relief in this matter.” The new law requires the same physician who is to perform the abortion provide the women information about the medical risks of the procedure 72 hours before the abortion is performed.
Judge Burnett’s ruling is good and welcome news for the pro-life community. Pray for Judge Burnett and for the Attorney General’s office, as appeals of the ruling are expected.