The Following Statement is from Steve Rupp, MRL President:
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed their decision and issued a one-sentence order to leave the injunction in place on two common sense life-saving Missouri laws. The 8th Circuit Court gave no reason for their new ruling. And, with a stroke of a pen they put a hold on two laws that protect women and save babies.
The actions of five judges on the 8th Circuit Court basically says that abortion facilities don’t have to abide by common sense medical safety practices and that the physicians who fly in from all over the U.S. or other countries do not have to have hospital privileges in our state.
These laws were enacted in 2005 because physicians were flying in from outside of the U.S. and then leaving town and were not available when medical emergencies arose after abortions.
In addition, the ambulatory surgical center law was necessary because of the multiple infractions found through inspections of the St. Louis Planned Parenthood.
Attorney General Josh Hawley issued a statement saying that he is “extremely disappointed” in the 8th Circuit Court’s order. Hawley stated that “his office will continue to fight for common sense regulations that protect the health and well-being of Missouri Women.”
We thank Attorney General Josh Hawley for vowing to fight these injustices and his work to protect women’s health and well-being. We also thank Governor Eric Greitens and pro-life Missouri House and Senate members who voted for the passage of SB 5 during the recent special session. The regulations found in SB 5 are needed now more than ever with the 8th Circuit Court’s outrageous ruling.
Missouri Right to Life will continue to fight judicial activism by working to elect more pro-life leaders to change the make-up of the liberal pro-abortion courts!