Bloomberg Law
July 13, 2021, 3:18 PM

Missouri Gets Chance to Revive Down Syndrome Abortion Law

Mary Anne Pazanowski
Mary Anne Pazanowski
Legal Reporter

The validity of Missouri laws that restrict abortions performed after eight weeks gestation or solely because of a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome will get a new appellate hearing, the Eighth Circuit said Tuesday.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit—on its own motion—granted en banc review of an appeal from a trial court decision barring the state from enforcing the laws. No party to the case requested full court review.

A three-judge panel affirmed that decision June 9, saying the laws banned, rather than regulated, previability abortions and thus were unconstitutional under U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

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