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Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood v. Parson


The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Missouri, Planned Parenthood, and the law firm, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, filed a lawsuit on behalf of abortion providers challenging HB 126, a near-total abortion ban which criminalizes abortion at nearly every stage of pregnancy.

HB 126 includes four abortion bans based on the gestational age of the fetus—effectively outlawing abortion at eight weeks, 14 weeks, 18 weeks, and 20 weeks. The law also includes a “Reason Ban,” which prohibits abortion at any stage of pregnancy if the provider “knows” that the pregnant patient’s decision to terminate their pregnancy is based on the sex or race of the fetus, or a diagnosis indicating the fetus may have Down syndrome.

Plaintiffs allege the “Gestational Age Bans” and the “Reason Ban” violate patients’ rights to privacy and liberty guaranteed by the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution since they ban pre-viability abortions.

STATUS

8/27/19U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs issued a preliminary injunction blocking the gestational age bans, but not the ban on abortion due to the sex or race of the fetus, or a diagnosis indicating the fetus may have Down syndrome.

9/27/19 – U.S. District Judge Judge Howard Sachs issued a preliminary injunction blocking the provision banning abortion due to the sex or race of the fetus, or a diagnosis indicating the fetus may have Down Syndrome.


Key Documents

Complaint – 7/30/19

Preliminary Injunction – 8/27/19


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