Missouri Abortion Law Giving Women Info Blocked, Appeal Filed

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 24, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Missouri Abortion Law Giving Women Info Blocked, Appeal Filed

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 24, 2004

Kansas City, MO (LifeNews.com) — Missouri abortion advocates have succeeded again in blocking a Missouri law that would require abortion businesses to ensure that they provide women considering abortion with accurate information about the risks and alternatives.

A Kansas City federal judge on Tuesday blocked enforcement of the Right to Know law that requires the information to be given to women 24 hours before the abortion is performed.

The preliminary injunction gives state courts time to review the law and its provisions and to respond to the challenge from abortion businesses that the law is too vague.

"This is a significant victory for the women of Missouri and all those committed to fighting this appalling law," Peter Brownlie, president of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, told the Kansas City Star newspaper.

Missouri Attorney general Jay Nixon plans to file a brief asking the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse District Judge Scott Wright’s decision.

Nixon has already asked the appeals court to rule on his assertion that Planned Parenthood can’t sue the state in federal court.

As a result of the law taking immediate effect, one Planned Parenthood business in St. Louis had to turn away 40 women seeking abortions, as they were not able to receive the information 24 hours before the abortion, as required.

With the injunction now in place, abortion businesses are no longer require to provide the information to women.

"Planned Parenthood’s maneuver to delay the lawsuit it filed against the Woman’s Right to Know Law backfired in their faces when the Court of Appeals vacated the injunction issued by the District Judge that kept the law from being enforced," Patty Skain, executive director of Missouri Right to Life told LifeNews.com.

Similar laws in other states have reduced abortions by as much as one-third.

Related web sites:
Missouri Right to Life – https://www.missourilife.org